Bottom Line: This study compared new appointment wait times in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system with wait times in the private sector. Wait time data were for primary care, dermatology, cardiology or orthopedics at VA medical centers in 15 major metropolitan areas and private sector comparison data came from a published survey.
Authors: Madeline Penn, B.S., of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C., and coauthors
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