VA Northern California HCS facility in Fairfield scheduled 4,795 medical appointments in August 2019


The VA Northern California Health Care System, subsidiary 612GD in Fairfield, California scheduled 4,795 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, 4,527 had a wait time of 30 days or less (94.4%) and 268 appointments (5.6%) 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 Northern 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
612A4
Sacramento
43,719
39,834
3,885
612GH
McClellan Park
18,865
18,069
796
612GF
Martinez
18,632
16,799
1,833
612B4
Redding
9,475
8,697
778
612GG
Chico
6,918
6,743
175
612GE
Mare Island
6,538
6,334
204
612BY
Oakland
5,844
5,415
429
612GD
Fairfield
4,795
4,527
268
612QC
Cypress Avenue
3,576
3,052
524
612GI
Yuba City
2,594
2,549
45
612QB
Oakland
1,454
1,425
29
612GJ
Yreka
460
434
26
612QD
Howe Road
60
58
2
612MA
IDES McClellan OPC
2
2
0
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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