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Hawaii veterans wait longer for care on outer islands

Hawaii veterans wait longer for care on outer islands Hawaii veterans wait longer for care on outer islands

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Veterans in parts of Hawaii are waiting shorter lengths of time to see doctors than those in many other states.

But new numbers suggest that on neighbor islands veterans tend to wait longer for care, especially at the Hilo VA Clinic.

The situation reflects the challenges of providing health care on an island state where it's more difficult to recruit doctors.

Regional VA director Wayne Pfeffer says smaller clinics are more heavily impacted when they lose a doctor or nurse.

Veterans say wait times for doctors have reduced. But they say they still have problems getting enrolled in the system.

The regional VA is planning to spend $6.5 million to add 115 positions to its staff this year.

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