While Veterans Affairs facilities in New Hampshire are doing well in meeting the health system’s timeliness goals, they serve only a quarter of the state’s veteran population. Advocates hope a new program will direct veterans to the VA system and improve the care they receive in other settings across the state.
New Hampshire has the fifth-highest ratio of veterans in the United States, with 115,000 veterans making up nearly 11 percent of the state’s population. But the state does not have an active duty military installation where veterans can easily find support and services, and it is one of a few states without a full-service VA hospital.
Nationwide, wait times haven’t declined since Congress gave the VA $16.3 billion in August to hire more doctors, open new clinics and expand a program designed to make it easier for veterans who cannot get timely appointments to obtain care outside the department’s facilities.
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