WASHINGTON (AP) -- The acting Veterans Affairs secretary says about 10 percent of veterans seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics have to wait at least 30 days for an appointment. That's more than twice the number of veterans the department said last week were forced to endure long waits.
Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said the higher number of veterans waiting 30 days or more is revealed in a report due out Thursday. He called the increase unfortunate, but said it was probably an indication that more reliable data was being reported by VA schedulers, rather than an actual increase in veterans' wait times.
Gibson said the revised numbers show the VA is "getting better data" as it seeks to address widespread problems of long patient waiting times and falsified records.
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