Portland VAMC facility in Salem scheduled 8,447 medical appointments in August 2019


The Portland VA Medical Center, subsidiary 648GB in Salem, Oregon scheduled 8,447 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, 7,448 had a wait time of 30 days or less (88.2%) and 999 appointments (11.8%) 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.

Portland 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
648
Portland
53,171
47,043
6,128
648A4
Portland Vancouver
17,734
16,171
1,563
648GB
Salem
8,447
7,448
999
648GA
Bend
5,395
4,871
524
648GF
Hillsboro
4,222
3,892
330
648GE
Fairview
3,462
3,320
142
648GG
West Linn
2,674
2,595
79
648GJ
The Dalles
1,412
1,389
23
648GD
Warrenton
331
323
8
648GH
Newport
256
208
48
648GI
Portland
254
220
34
648BU
Vancouver
33
33
0
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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