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How do you find a veterans' hospital in North Carolina?

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As of 2015, you can find veterans' hospitals in North Carolina by visiting VA.gov, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' website. The website's Locations tab allows you to search for hospitals and outpatient clinics by state.

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There are four VA hospitals in North Carolina, one in Asheville, one in Durham, one in Fayetteville and one in Salisbury. Over 20 outpatient clinics also exist, offering a variety of services, including primary care, dialysis treatment and rehabilitation for blind veterans. North Carolina is home to several major military bases and has one of the largest veteran populations in the country.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has faced national criticism for budget shortfalls and long patient wait-lists. In North Carolina, physician workload at clinics and hospitals rose 18 percent in 2015, with the Fayetteville Medical Center reporting a 13 percent increase in patient visits.

A report by the Los Angeles Times in 2014 criticized Durham Medical Center for failing to provide adequate mental health care, citing an average wait time of over three months for new patients seeking appointments. However, the hospital claims to have recruited additional mental health workers to reduce wait times. Durham Medical Center is affiliated with the University of North Carolina and Duke University, both of which possess highly-ranked medical programs, and it retains a reputation for high-quality care despite lengthy waits.

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