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Posted: Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 12:08 PM HST

VA wait times reduced

By 67AM KPUA News

The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to whittle down the wait times for patients in the military medical system in Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific. New bimonthly national data released Thursday by the VA show that wait times for new patients waiting to see a primary care physician for the first time in the Pacific dropped to about 70 days from 145 days in mid-May.

According to a nationwide audit, Hawaii's 145-day delay for an incoming VA patient to get an initial appointment with a primary care physician was by far the worst in the entire system.

Wayne Pfeffer, director of the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, said in June that he hoped to reduce the wait time for new patients to 30 days within three months.



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