2014-06-09T174007Z_1_LYNXMPEA580OY_RTROPTP_2_USA-VETERANS-OBAMA

VA audit finds thousands of U.S. veterans waiting for health care

Undated handout of a pileup of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Roanoke, VirginiaBy David Lawder and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said on Monday that around 100,000 veterans are experiencing long waits for health care appointments at VA facilities, with more than half of these waiting 90 days or more. In results of an internal audit ordered as the scandal over deadly VA wait times exploded last month, the agency said it found that schedule misreporting was widespread. In the May 12 to June 3 survey, the VA said it found that 57,436 new veteran patients had been waiting 90 days or more for an appointment. And it found that 63,869 patients over the past 10 years had requested appointments that have never been scheduled.

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