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Fayetteville VA waits are 2nd longest in nation

Posted January 7, 2015

Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center

— A study by the  Department of Veterans Affairs shows veterans in Fayettteville have the second-longest wait in the country to see a doctor.

On average, veterans wait about seven days to see a primary care physician, the study showed.

For patients of the Fayetteville VA Medical Center, that wait can stretch to almost 30 days. 

Fayetteville was second only to the Hampton VA Medical Center and its regional clinics, where the average wait is 30.53 days.

In Fayetteville, the average wait is 28.45 days. The national average is 6.95 days.

Hampton VA director Michael Dunfee told media outlets on Tuesday that the hospital is addressing the problem.

Dunfee says the hospital is hiring primary care doctors. Expansions are underway at the campus Hampton and a clinic in Virginia Beach.

The expansions will add 11 primary rooms at the hospital and up to 20 rooms at the clinic.


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  • PJM Jan 8, 2015

    they act like this is a surprise. However it is ultimate betrayal to treat our military this way after their sacrifice. This system is one of many that has failed nationwide.

  • cal008 Jan 7, 2015

    I'd really like to see the actual numbers on this. I for one had to wait over 9 months for an appointment since they stated I had to wait for a doctor to be assigned. Even though there were 5 doctors in my clinic. Just not right.

  • babylaceycarpenter Jan 7, 2015

    The Durham VA Hospital is no better. I am a 3 time heart attack patient. 2 weeks ago, I had another episode (non heart patients would not understand what this means). It was not another attack, but something happened to cause my BP to shoot through the roof and my heart rate elevated to 178p/m. Yes I sought out medical care that night in Rocky Mount. My scheduled appointment, to follow up a heart issue, is set for Feb 11th. And that is not with a cardiologist. It's with my primary physician (family doctor), and he is in Greenville, not Durham. After this visit, my doc will refer me to a cardiologist, and that appointment will be another 2-4 months down the road. Is this really how we are supposed to treat our military, past and present? And I am honorably discharged from 2 services, US Army and the USMC. This is wrong on so many levels.

  • Tammy Rush Jan 7, 2015
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    Illegals can't vote.

  • Wacky_dood Jan 7, 2015

    Why is the government creating a government-controlled parallel healthcare system for veterans? The whole idea is nuts. Just give the entitled veterans a medical card they can take to any doctor and get rid of these terrible VA medical centers. We'll probably save money and the vets will get better healthcare.

  • Mike Berthold Jan 7, 2015
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    So provide a link to your source that shows exactly how much money is being taken from the VA to fund illegals getting services, which by definition and law they are not entitled to, and show us, as a percentage increase in VA funding, so that we can make an informed decision. Innuendo and assumptions are easier to believe if you could actually provide them as fact (which you will not be able to with you current example).

  • raphael27520 Jan 7, 2015

    Remember Now,
    The Government knows best!
    They are the best at providing Healthcare , just like ObamaCaid

  • goobnav Jan 7, 2015

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    There is a direct link as the funding for Immigrants to be allowed to obtain Federal programs, once they are deemed allowed to stay by Dear Leader, could have been used to get more doctors and nurses to relieve the wait times.

    Both sides know this but, want the voting base over the defenders of our country.

  • Mike Berthold Jan 7, 2015
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    Then why don't the Republicans do something about it when they are in control? We were at war when they controlled the White House and congress back in 2006 and nothing changed back then? Wait times were just as terrible then also. Were the illegals voting Republican back then? Some of the statements people make are just so asinine sometimes.

  • Big Mike Jan 7, 2015

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    The key to finding out results of any procedure is communicating with you doctor or her LPN/RN. If you are in the MyHealtheVet database system, you can send a secured message right to your doctor anytime, and get a response usually in 24hrs or less. Don't wait for them to make the first move. Most are up to their eyeballs in patients.