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AFGE: GAO report highlights the 'perils' of the 'failing' Choice Program for veterans
6/5/2018

PR NEWSWIRE --- In a Government Accountability Office report released yesterday, investigators found that veterans in the Choice program are often waiting longer to receive their care and are being forced into a system that lacks accountability and oversight. The GAO report, "Veterans Choice Program: Improvements Needed to Address Access-Related Challenges as VA Plans Consolidation of its Community Care Programs," analyzed 5,000 Choice authorizations from July through September 2016 and found that the average veteran receiving care outside of the VA waited 51 days to be seen by a medical professional – and "could potentially wait up to 70 calendar days for care," according to the report.

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AFGE: GAO report highlights the 'perils' of the 'failing' Choice Program for veterans