Summary of our preliminary research of VA hospital wait times

VA hospital wait times have become an important issue in the U.S. as more and more Vets re-enter civilian life.  In our study, which we co-author with Economics Professor,  Dr. Peter Claeys of Universitat de Barcelona, we found the following preliminary results:

Overall, across established and new patients, VA wait times are actually not that out of line with other types of hospitals

The really long wait times for established and new patients are concentrated at a few hospitals

The major problem is getting enrolled

VA staffing levels matters 

In our upcoming posts we will expand on each of these points and make our data and program files available to interested researchers.