Wait times at Colorado VA facilities among worst in nation

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Members of the Critical Care Unit carry out day to day work at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Sept. 8, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

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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