VA Central Arkansas HCS facility in El Dorado scheduled 2,581 medical appointments in August 2019


The VA Central Arkansas Health Care System, subsidiary 598GB in El Dorado, Arkansas scheduled 2,581 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, 2,555 had a wait time of 30 days or less (99%) and 26 appointments (1%) 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 Central Arkansas 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
598A0
North Little Rock
46,861
44,795
2,066
598
Little Rock
43,135
40,775
2,360
598GC
Hot Springs
7,524
7,297
227
598GG
Conway
7,025
6,706
319
598GA
Mountain Home
4,659
4,598
61
598GF
Searcy
3,544
3,476
68
598GE
Pine Bluff
3,304
3,287
17
598GB
El Dorado
2,581
2,555
26
598GH
Russellville
2,553
2,520
33
598GD
Mena
1,703
1,700
3
598QA
Little Rock Main Street
12
12
0
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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