(NBC News) Reforms to the Veterans Affairs Medical System have yet to significantly improve wait times to see doctors at many facilities nationwide according to a new study from the Associated Press.
Their report comes one year after the government promised to fix the problem at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.
Iraq war veteran Bill Rausch, political director of Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, says new V.A. Secretary Robert McDonald has made significant changes.
“We think the biggest challenge he faces is the culture of the V.A. and the fact that the V.A. is so large its slow to move,” Rausch says.
The Associated Press examined V.A. data from August 2014 to February of this year.
The worst delays were clustered in Southern and Western states. The Associated Press found wait times of more than 30 days unchanged for veterans to see doctors.
One of the worst problems is at the V.A. Outpatient Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. More veterans waited for health care there than in the entire states of New York and Pennsylvania combined.
There was some good news in the data.
Wait times for V.A. doctors in the Northeast, Midwest, and Western states were just as fast as in the private sector.