Some state VA facilities face wait time problems

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The majority of Veterans Administration medical facilities in Washington state are meeting time goals for scheduling doctor visits, but centers in Walla Walla, Vancouver and Chehalis have yet to hit their targets.

At the VA hospital in Walla Walla, 4.6 percent of completed appointments were subject to delays of at least 31 days from Sept. 1 to Feb. 28. That’s according to VA data reviewed by The Associated Press.

The AP examined waiting times at 940 VA hospitals and outpatient clinics around the nation to see how things might have improved.

The delays in Walla Walla, Vancouver and Chehalis were higher than the national average of 2.8 percent.

At the other 11 VA facilities in the state, fewer than 2.4 percent of appointments experienced such delays.

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