VA Wait Times Slowly Improving In Northwest Clinics

Most of the wait times for patients at VA clinics around the Pacific Northwest fall below the national average, according to an analysis of data by the Associated Press.

Twelve of the 29 clinics analyzed in Oregon and Washington had appointments that didn’t meet the agency’s goal of seeing a patient within 30 days, according to the analysis of data by the AP.

From September 2014 to February 2015, the AP found that 2.78 percent of wait times at VA clinics around the country were delayed at least 31 days.

Regionally, the Salem VA  -- at 5.49 percent -- had the highest percentage of appointments that were delayed at least 31 days. The lowest was the La Grande VA Clinic with .05 percent of appointments over the VA’s goal, according to the AP.

A report last April from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General found Portland VA clinics had some of the longest wait times in the country, something that’s since been improved, Portland VA official and veteran group both said.

According to the AP, 3.58 percent of the appointments at the Portland VA from September 2014 to February 2015 exceeded the agency’s 30 day goal.

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