(WBIR) Data obtained by USA TODAY shows new patients at Nashville's VA hospital wait longer on average than anywhere else in the country. Meanwhile, East Tennessee's VA hospital also makes the list of top 25 worst waits.
The data shows that between October 2013 and March 2014, new patients waited 65 days on average before seeing a doctor at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nashville. That's more than double the national average wait, which is 27.4 days.
Meanwhile, East Tennessee's VA hospital lands itself just outside the top 20 worst waits.
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The James H. Quillen VAMC, in Mountain Home, has an average wait of 35.1 days for new patients, according to the new data. That ranks it as 21st worst for new patient waits during the end of 2013 and start of 2014.
The data collected by USA TODAY shows more than 365,000 veterans sought new medical care in the six months surveyed. During that time, only two out of every five saw a doctor within the target of 14 days.
On Friday, President Obama announced that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will resign.
The VA confirmed with USA TODAY that 42 facilities are under investigation for having falsified wait records.
Top 25 worst average waits for new patients:
- Nashville - 65.0 days
- Fayetteville, N.C. - 56.8 days
- Richmond, Va. - 56.5 days
- Decatur, Ga. - 56.5 days
- Portland, Ore. - 56.3 days
- Prescott, Ariz. - 52.7 days
- Montgomery/Tuskegee, Ala. - 51.5 days
- Gainesville, Fla. - 50.8 days
- Honolulu, Hawaii - 48.4 days
- Reno, Nev. - 44.3 days
- Durham, N.C. - 42.9 days
- Roseburg, Ore. - 42.6 days
- Indianapolis, Ind. - 42 days
- Seattle/Lakewood, Wash. - 39.6 days
- Las Vegas, Nev. - 39.0 days
- Columbia, S.C. - 39.0 days
- New Orleans, La. - 38.3 days
- Canandaigua, N.Y. - 37.2 days
- Boston, Mass. - 35.6 days
- Hampton, Va. - 35.5 days
- Mountain Home, Tenn. - 35.1 days
- Baltimore, Md. - 34.6 days
- Leeds, Mass. - 33.3 days
- Charleston, S.C. - 33.0 days
- Denver, Colo. - 32.9 days