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Gainesville VA Waits Among Nation’s Worst

New data on Veterans Affairs hospital wait times show that its Gainesville facility was among the worst in the nation for new patients.

The 50.8-day average new patient wait time at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center placed the hospital among the top 10, according to the Gainesville Sun.  During a six-month period ending March 31, only 20 percent of the 6,603 new patients seeking appointments at Randall VA were able to see a doctor within the target of 14 days, according to the federal data that had been obtained by USA Today.

The Gainesville VA also had a longer new patient wait time when compared to the average at other Florida VA medical centers.

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