Oklahoma Veteran's Administration Reaches Out to Veterans
The Veteran's Administration says it is contacting veterans who have been waiting more than 30 days for an appointment to see if they need to be seen sooner.
This comes after a federal audit revealed that some veterans may be waiting 90-days to see a doctor.
The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee has more than 37,000 veterans enrolled in it's health system, which covers Muskogee, Tulsa, Vinita and Hartsthorne. The federal report reveals that this system sees 98-percent of patients within 14 days. The health system revealed today, that as many as 500 veterans are waiting longer than 30 days.
The local VFW in Tulsa has been taking calls from veterans who say they have waited too long for their appointments. The District 5 leader, Mike Callahan, says the Tulsa outpatient clinic needs more facilities and more medical workers.
"If you have 4,000 more appointments this year than you had last year., but you have the same facilities and the same amount of doctors, you can only treat so many people," said Callahan, who said he has waited 6 weeks for an eye appointment and 6 months for a colonoscopy.
A spokesperson for the Montgomery Medical Center says they have seen more patients seeking treatment for dental problems, pain management and optometry. They also have positions there, that need to be filled.