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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Data from the Veterans Affairs Department shows the average wait for a new patient at Louisiana's three major VA medical centers runs anywhere from 30 to 51 days, depending on the hospital and the type of care.

In Alexandria, the average wait is 33 days for a primary care appointment, 55 days for specialty care and 32 days for mental health.

In New Orleans, that average is 52 days for primary, 45 for specialty and 27 for mental health appointments.

In Shreveport, the average is 44 days for primary, 47 for specialty and 31 for mental health appointments.

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