Ninety-nine percent of veterans seeking medical appointments from the Anchorage VA are seen within 30 days. That’s according to a Veterans Affairs audit released yesterday.
The audit found an established patient could schedule a primary care appointment within two days, on average. The average wait time was less than three days to see a specialist, and less than a day for mental healthcare. New patient wait times were closer to 30 days.
The auditors interviewed staff at hundreds of VA hospitals and clinics across the country. Nationwide, 13 percent of schedulers reported they were told to falsify appointment schedules to make wait times appear shorter.
Sen. Mark Begich says the Anchorage numbers reflect great improvement. Sen.
Lisa Murkowski calls them encouraging but warns they represent a snapshot in time and require commitment to maintain.
- The Federal Subsistence Board will make their decision on whether the exclusion of non-subsistence hunters is permanent sometime this fall.
- The Coast Guard is working on a rescue plan for an abandoned trawler, The Alaska Juris began taking on water Tuesday nearly 700 miles west of Dutch Harbor.
- In its most recent draft, the Juneau Assembly added gender expression as a protected class in its proposed Equal Rights Ordinance.
- Roughly 16,000 pounds of chum spilled onto Egan Drive Monday afternoon. Declared unsafe for consumption, the fish have been destroyed.