- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s Veterans Affairs facilities are better than the national average at avoiding long wait times, an AP investigation of recent data has found.

The state’s sole VA hospital - the nation’s first - delayed an average of 1.2 percent appointments more than 31 days between Sept. 1, 2014 and Feb. 28, 2015. The average for the nation was 2.8 percent.

Here is how the state’s other clinics stack up:

Name; appointments completed; care delayed at least 31 days; percent delayed at least 31 days; care delayed 31-60 days; care delayed 61-09 days; care delayed more than 90 days.

Bangor VA Clinic; 21,045; 543; 2.58 percent; 484; 44; 15

Caribou VA Clinic; 3,905; 91; 2.33 percent; 82; 7; 2

Saco VA Clinic; 7,681; 132; 1.72 percent; 77; 41; 14

Maine VA medical center; 80,739; 988; 1.22 percent; 709; 202; 77

Portland VA Clinic; 8,190; 104; 1.27 percent; 69; 27; 8

Calais VA Clinic; 1,798; 10; 0.56 percent; 3; 1; 6

Bingham VA Mobile; 374; 1; 0.27 percent; 0; 0; 1

Lewiston VA Clinic; 7,538; 20; 0.27 percent;13; 2;5

Rumford VA Clinic; 2,395; 6; 0.25 percent; 5; 0; 1

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