VA Central Alabama HCS facility in Dothan scheduled 4,059 medical appointments in August 2019


The VA Central Alabama Health Care System, subsidiary 619QA in Dothan, Alabama scheduled 4,059 pending appointments during the period ending September 1, according to data collected from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Of the total number of appointments, 3,764 had a wait time of 30 days or less (92.7%) and 295 appointments (7.3%) were scheduled more than 30 days out.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in January 2019 reported that wait times for new appointments at VA health care facilities were similar to or better than wait times at private-sector providers between 2014 and 2017.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), however, released a report in July 2019 that cautioned that the VA's data-tracking system only captures part of the appointment process and fails to account for the time that it takes the VA to enroll veterans in its health benefits program.

The VA explains on its website that when veterans apply for benefits, they are assigned to one of eight priority groups, with those who need immediate care due to service-related disabilities placed in higher priority groups. Veterans who do not have service-connected disabilities and who earn a higher income are placed in the lower priority groups.

VA Central Alabama Health Care System Appointments Scheduled in August

Facility Code
Location
Total Appointments Scheduled
Appointments Scheduled 30 Days or Less
Appointments Scheduled More than 30 Days
619A4
Tuskegee
16,921
15,756
1,165
619GF
Montgomery
16,188
15,747
441
619
Montgomery
10,765
9,385
1,380
619GA
Columbus
9,933
9,238
695
619QB
Fort Benning
9,567
9,113
454
619GD
Fort Rucker
7,683
6,536
1,147
619QA
Dothan
4,059
3,764
295
619GE
Monroeville
1,251
1,228
23
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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