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Lack Of Doctors Leading To Lengthy Waits For Nevada Veterans

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Recently released numbers show medical care for veterans in Nevada remains slow months after lawmakers and federal officials vowed to do something about long treatment delays at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

The Associated Press examined wait times at 940 VA hospitals and outpatient clinics across the U.S. to see how things might have improved since a scandal over delays and a cover-up prompted changes.

The majority of Nevada's nine VA clinics and its two hospitals still show problems.

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Officials and veterans say the delays are linked to the state's shortage of doctors.

At an Elko clinic, a physician flies in once a month from Salt Lake City to see patients during a week's time. The government has been seeking a physician for the clinic for more than a year without success.