Salem VAMC facility (658BU) scheduled 9 medical appointments in August 2019


The Salem VA Medical Center, subsidiary 658BU in Salem, Virginia scheduled 9 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, nine had a wait time of 30 days or less.

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.

Salem VA Medical Center Appointments Scheduled in August

Facility Code
Location
Total Appointments Scheduled
Appointments Scheduled 30 Days or Less
Appointments Scheduled More than 30 Days
658
Salem
61,442
57,393
4,049
658GB
Danville
6,203
6,088
115
658GC
Lynchburg
5,313
5,263
50
658GE
Wytheville
3,953
3,919
34
658GD
Staunton
2,750
2,742
8
658GA
Tazewell
770
765
5
658BU
Salem
9
9
0
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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