Government to release wait times at VA hospitals across U.S.

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The government will release official wait times on Monday at every VA hospital around the country, including the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.

WISH-TV’s investigations in the past have shown long wait times and other issues there.

The numbers scheduled to be released Monday follow accusations of patient schedule fixing. The same issues nationwide are what I-Team 8 has looked at in Indianapolis – long wait times and now the American Legion’s involvement.

It started at the Phoenix VA Medical Center. Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said last week that a review there confirmed 18 veterans kept off official Veterans Affairs waiting lists died waiting for an appointment.

A whistleblower first brought this to light, launching the national scandal.

In May, I-Team 8 reported the Indianapolis American Legion is part of a team reviewing the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.

While that happens, local veterans met at an American Legion Hall to tell their stories, dealing with veterans’ affairs and Roudebush in particular.

Once the problems in Phoenix were made known, the Department of Veterans Affairs conducted a nationwide audit of every medical center in the country.

An interim report found inappropriate scheduling is systemic throughout the veteran’s health administration.

On Monday, the final results will be revealed and exactly how far the problems extend.

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