Tucson veterans wait longer for care as VA struggles to recruit dermatologists

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After one dermatologist moved to the private sector, the Tucson VA hospital now employs just one dermatologist who works slightly less than full time, plus a dermatologic physician assistant.

Two private-sector dermatologists can perform specialty surgeries on an as-needed basis.

But current staffing levels mean veterans can wait up to six months for an appointment with a dermatologist, which is worrisome in a state with more than 300 days of sunshine each year, said Tucson private dermatologist Norman Levine.

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