4 Texas VA centers rank poorly in wait times - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

4 Texas VA centers rank poorly in wait times

Posted: Updated:
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Four medical centers serving veterans in Texas have some of the nation's worst wait times for new patients.

A federal report released Monday shows that Texas' eight Veterans Affairs Department medical centers scheduled at least 92 percent of their patients for appointments within 30 days. However, facilities in Harlingen, El Paso, Dallas and Amarillo rank among the longest waits for new patients.

The Texas Valley Coastal Bend facility in Harlingen averaged a 145-day wait for new patients seeking specialist care, the nation's worst backlog. The next longest is El Paso's medical center at 90 days.

Harlingen also ranked second worst for new patients seeking primary care, at 85 days.

The centers in Amarillo, El Paso and Dallas ranked in the top 10 for new patients seeking mental health care.
  • 4 Texas VA centers rank poorly in wait timesMore>>

  • Audit: over 57,000 awaiting initial VA visits

    Audit: over 57,000 awaiting initial VA visits

    Monday, June 9 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-06-09 16:43:59 GMT
    WASHINGTON - More than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them, the Veterans Affairs Department said Monday. 
    WASHINGTON - More than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them, the Veterans Affairs Department said Monday. 
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.