- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

Veterans Affairs medical centers have come under criticism for long wait times for care. These are the VA hospitals in California with the longest average wait times as of May 15 for new patients seeking primary care, specialty care and mental health care, according to audit results released Monday.

NEW PATIENT PRIMARY CARE AVERAGE WAIT TIME:

1: Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System: 56.2 days

2. Loma Linda: 44 days

3. San Diego: 43.8 days

4. Northern California Health Care System: 43.5 days

5. Palo Alto: 42 days

6. Long Beach: 33.7 days

7. San Francisco: 29.7 days

8. Fresno: 25.5 days

NEW PATIENT SPECIALTY CARE AVERAGE WAIT TIME:

1. Fresno: 61.4 days

2. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System: 55.1 days

3. Long Beach: 50.6 days

4. Loma Linda: 50.4 days

5. San Francisco: 49.7 days

6. San Diego: 43.7 days

7. Palo Alto: 42.1 days

8. Northern California Health Care System: 40.3 days

NEW PATIENT MENTAL HEALTH AVERAGE WAIT TIME:

1. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System: 39.3 days

2. Long Beach: 38.1 days

3. San Francisco: 35.9 days

4. San Diego: 34.5 days

5. Fresno: 30.7 days

6. Loma Linda: 27.6 days

7. Palo Alto: 25.3 days

8. Northern California Health Care System: 22.3 days

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