As reported in an editorial piece from the Las Vegas Review Journal (LVRJ):
“According to members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, major VA medical facility construction projects typically run an average of 35 months late and $360 million over budget — each! The delays and overspending have led to a congressional battle regarding mismanagement of VA construction projects across the country.”
The editorial piece in the LVRJ continues:
“A sparkling new VA hospital opened in North Las Vegas in August 2012 at a cost of about $1 billion to taxpayers — despite the fact that it had no land costs because it was built on federal acreage. It took six years to finish, with construction costs soaring far, far beyond a $286 million initial estimate.”
Even with the extra money spent, the VA hospital was not able to handle the patient flow in its emergency room. The solution was to expand it 18 months after the initial opening and at a cost of an additional $16 million.
After the expansion, there were still long wait times at the emergency room – some patients waited upwards of six hours to be seen.