VA Long Beach HCS facility in Laguna Hills scheduled 3,999 medical appointments in August 2019


The VA Long Beach Health Care System, subsidiary 600GE in Laguna Hills, California scheduled 3,999 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, 3,655 had a wait time of 30 days or less (91.4%) and 344 appointments (8.6%) 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 Long Beach 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
600
Long Beach
84,925
77,977
6,948
600GB
Santa Ana
7,799
7,387
412
600GE
Laguna Hills
3,999
3,655
344
600GA
Anaheim
3,658
3,439
219
600GD
Santa Fe Springs
2,891
2,854
37
600GC
Long Beach
267
267
0
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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