VA Southern Arizona HCS facility in Casa Grande scheduled 3,006 medical appointments in August 2019


The VA Southern Arizona Health Care System, subsidiary 678GC in Casa Grande, Arizona scheduled 3,006 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, 2,896 had a wait time of 30 days or less (96.3%) and 110 appointments (3.7%) 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 Southern Arizona 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
678
Tucson
69,689
64,002
5,687
678GA
Sierra Vista
6,731
6,585
146
678GB
Yuma
5,619
5,604
15
678GF
Tucson
5,061
4,950
111
678GG
Tucson
4,081
4,054
27
678GC
Casa Grande
3,006
2,896
110
678GE
Green Valley
624
590
34
678GD
Safford
434
417
17
678MB
IDES Fort Huachuca
12
12
0
678MA
IDES Davis-Monthan AFB
10
10
0
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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