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Colorado VA facilities have among longest wait times in nation

FILE- In this June 8, 2017, file photo, traffic passes by the campus of the Veterans Administration hospital under construction in Aurora, Colo. Glenn Haggstrom, the former top construction official for the Veterans Affairs Department, told The Associated Press he was astounded by the price of the hospital under construction outside Denver and that he was never told the price had ballooned to more than $1.7 billion. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

DENVER — Numbers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs show wait times for medical appointments at veterans facilities in eastern Colorado and the Denver area are among the worst in the nation.

The Denver Post reports veterans have seen little improvement in the three years since a national scandal erupted over the problem.

The average wait for a primary care appointment at the Denver VA Medical Center has grown to more than 18 days as of July 1. That’s four times the national average and three times higher than those at the main VA facility in Phoenix, where the long wait times were first exposed in 2014.

The scandal in Phoenix involved allegations that VA hospitals intentionally falsified records to make it appear patients were being seen promptly.
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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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