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Last updated: June 10. 2014 12:36PM - 777 Views
By James O’Malley jomalley@civitasmedia.com



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A spreadsheet released by the Associated Press shows the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center scheduled 99 percent of appointments within 30 days of the desired date.


Of 27,483 appointments, only 224 were scheduled beyond 30 days, and more than 26,000 were scheduled within the first 14.


In Pennsylvania, only the Butler VA Medical Center outperformed Wilkes-Barre in percentages, scheduling all of its appointments within 30 days.


Philadelphia’s medical center posted the state’s worst numbers, reporting only 94 percent of its more than 60,000 appointments scheduled within 30 days, with 1,141 appointments waiting up to 90 days and another 1,225 scheduled even further out.


The report’s lowest percentage, however, came out of Fayetteville, North Carolina. The VA center there scheduled only 83 percent of its appointments within 30 days. More than 8,000 appointments were scheduled beyond the 30-day mark, with most scheduled within 90.


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