Roseburg VAMC facility scheduled 16,843 medical appointments in August 2019


The Roseburg VA Medical Center, subsidiary 653 in Roseburg, Oregon scheduled 16,843 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, 16,016 had a wait time of 30 days or less (95.1%) and 827 appointments (4.9%) 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.

Roseburg 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
653BY
Eugene
18,001
16,885
1,116
653
Roseburg
16,843
16,016
827
653GA
North Bend
1,474
1,436
38
653QA
Eugene
1,410
1,370
40
653GB
Brookings
974
934
40
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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