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Physician Shortage Drives Wait Times At VA San Diego
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The VA San Diego is trying to cope with the longest wait times for patients seeking mental health care of any Veterans Affairs office in the country.

For one physician, it feels like the problem has been getting worse.

Dr. Hoang Nguyen has worked as a psychiatrist for the VA San Diego for nearly 19 years. San Diego has seen the demand for mental health appointments increase 9 percent a year for the last 10 years. Nguyen said the recent departure of mental health professionals has made the wait times even longer for veterans.

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