Letters to the Editor

Routine wait times

While I appreciate that veterans shouldn’t have to experience long wait times to see a doctor, the implicit assumption in the comments from Congress and the media outrage machine is that 30 days to 90 days for an appointment compares unfavorably to outside systems.

I have private insurance and I’m unable to see my own doctor for a routine visit in less than three months. For an “urgent/sick” visit I can see a nurse practitioner/physicians assistant, one of the other physicians in the practice who may have an opening, or go to an urgent-care center. Some perspective is needed when criticizing the VA. What is the community “standard” to which they are being compared? If they are, and should be, held to a higher standard, the system will need money to hire more physicians and to pay them more to retain the best.

Lorraine Dowdy, Miami