Durham VAMC facility in Greenville scheduled 34,970 medical appointments in August 2019


The Durham VA Medical Center, subsidiary 558GA in Greenville, North Carolina scheduled 34,970 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, 30,013 had a wait time of 30 days or less (85.8%) and 4,957 appointments (14.2%) 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.

Durham 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
558
Durham
75,074
64,979
10,095
558GA
Greenville
34,970
30,013
4,957
558GB
Raleigh
6,526
6,178
348
558GE
Durham
6,068
6,009
59
558GC
Morehead City
4,970
4,711
259
558GG
Raleigh-Atlantic Avenue
4,628
4,481
147
558GF
Raleigh
3,811
3,574
237
558GD
Durham
2,545
2,301
244
558QA
Raleigh
130
119
11
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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