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Audit reveals wait times at Michigan VA facilities

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A federal audit shows the average wait for a new patient at five veterans' medical treatment facilities in Michigan is longest at a center in Detroit.  

Data released Monday by the Department of Veterans Affairs say the average wait there is nearly 31 days, more than twice as long as the department's 14-day goal.

The VA hospital in Ann Arbor was close behind at nearly 30 days, followed by nearly 28 days at Battle Creek.  

Other medical centers' average wait times included 23 days in Iron Mountain and 22 days in Saginaw.  

The audit also shows that 1,555 veterans in Michigan have waited more than three months for medical appointments, while 1,686 who signed up for VA health care within the past decade have yet to see a doctor.

Below is the average wait time as of May 15 for new patients seeking primary care, specialist care and mental health care.

   NEW PATIENT PRIMARY CARE AVERAGE WAIT TIME:
   1. Detroit: 31 days
   2. Ann Arbor: 30 days
   3. Battle Creek: 28 days
   4. Iron Mountain: 23 days
   5. Saginaw: 22 days

   ESTABLISHED PATIENT PRIMARY CARE AVERAGE WAIT TIME:
   1. Iron Mountain: 2 days
   2. Ann Arbor: 2 days
   3. Saginaw: 1.3 day
   4. Battle Creek: 1 day
   5. Detroit: 1 day

   NEW PATIENT SPECIALIST CARE AVERAGE WAIT TIME:
   1. Detroit: 59 days
   2. Ann Arbor: 58 days
   3. Battle Creek: 37 days
   4. Iron Mountain: 36 days
   5. Saginaw: 35 days

   ESTABLISHED PATIENT SPECIALIST CARE AVERAGE WAIT TIME:
   1.Battle Creek: 5 days
   2. Ann Arbor: 4 days
   3. Iron Mountain: 3 days
   4. Saginaw: 3 days
   5. Detroit: 1.5 days

   NEW PATIENT MENTAL HEALTH CARE AVERAGE WAIT TIME:
   1. Ann Arbor : 27 days
   2. Iron Mountain: 26 days
   3. Battle Creek: 23 days
   4. Saginaw: 21 days
   5. Detroit: 20 days

   ESTABLSHED PATIENT MENTAL HEALTH CARE AVERAGE WAIT TIME:
   1. Ann Arbor: 2.5 days
   2.Battle Creek: 1.6 days
   3. Iron Mountain: 0.9 day
   4. Saginaw: 0.8 day
   5. Detroit: 0.4 day

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