VA reports increase in number of appointments at Portland VAMC health facility in Fairview in August


The Portland VA Medical Center, subsidiary 648GE in Fairview, Oregon scheduled 3,034 pending appointments in August compared to 2,953 the previous month, according to data collected from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Of the total number of appointments, 2,935 had a wait time of 30 days or less (96.7%) and 99 appointments (3.3%) 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.

At a hearing before the House Veterans Affairs Committee after the report was released, Debra Draper, health care director at the GAO, said new patients may actually wait up to 70 days for an appointment when they first enroll for benefits.

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 don’t have service-connected disabilities and who earn a higher income are placed in the lower priority groups.

Portland VA Medical Center Appointments Scheduled in August vs. July

Facility Code
Location
Total Appointments Scheduled in August
Total Appointments Scheduled in July
Percent change in number of appointments
648
Portland, OR
50,853
51,027
-0.3%
648A4
Vancouver, WA
16,953
16,995
-0.2%
648BU
Vancouver, WA - VADOM
6
9
-33.3%
648GA
Bend, OR
5,156
5,044
2.2%
648GB
Salem, OR
8,262
7,997
3.3%
648GD
North Coast, OR
283
250
13.2%
648GE
Fairview, OR
3,034
2,953
2.7%
648GF
Hillsboro, OR
4,085
4,085
0%
648GG
West Linn, OR
2,600
2,693
-3.5%
648GH
Newport, OR
222
192
15.6%
648GI
Portland-1st Avenue, OR
241
230
4.8%
648GJ
The Dalles, OR (Loren R. Kaufman)
1,382
1,417
-2.5%

Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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