Audit Reveals 31-Day Wait at Detroit VA Hospital

A federal audit shows that the average wait for a new patient at five veterans’ medical treatment facilities in Michigan is longest at a center in Detroit. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs released data Monday saying that the average wait there is nearly 31 days, which is more than twice as long as the department’s 14-day goal. The VA hospital in Ann Arbor was close behind at nearly 30 days, followed by nearly 28 days in Battle Creek. 

Other medical centers’ average wait times included 23 days in Iron Mountain and 22 days in Saginaw. 

The audit also shows that 1,555 Michigan veterans have waited more than three months for medical appointments, while 1,686 who signed up for VA health care within the past decade have yet to see a doctor.