Waiting Times for Veterans Health Care in Kansas

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The Special Investigations Division of the House Committee on Government Reform investigated waiting times at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics in Kansas, revealing significant issues. The analysis finds that in 2002, an estimated 50,000 appointments in hospitals serving Kansas veterans were scheduled late. Many Kansas veterans experience extended waiting periods, with average waiting times in July 2002 ranging from 49 to 76 days for various specialties. VA clinics in Kansas also struggle to schedule a large percentage of appointments within the mandated 30 days, with percentages ranging from 40% to 68% for different clinics. Inadequate funding for VA care is identified as a primary cause of the prolonged waiting times, exacerbated by increased demand and budget constraints.
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