VA Central California HCS facility in Fresno scheduled 37,613 medical appointments in August 2019


The VA Central California Health Care System, subsidiary 570 in Fresno, California scheduled 37,613 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, 35,460 had a wait time of 30 days or less (94.3%) and 2,153 appointments (5.7%) 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 California 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
570
Fresno
37,613
35,460
2,153
570GB
Tulare
2,061
2,009
52
570GA
Merced
1,942
1,847
95
570GC
Oakhurst
619
582
37
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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