Philadelphia VAMC facility in Marlton scheduled 7,229 medical appointments in August 2019


The Philadelphia VA Medical Center, subsidiary 642GA in Marlton, New Jersey scheduled 7,229 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, 7,068 had a wait time of 30 days or less (97.8%) and 161 appointments (2.2%) 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.

Philadelphia 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
642
Philadelphia
70,328
63,979
6,349
642GC
Horsham
11,391
10,958
433
642GD
Sewell
7,472
7,189
283
642GA
Marlton
7,229
7,068
161
642QA
Washington
2,310
2,306
4
642GF
Camden
1,609
1,550
59
642GH
Philadelphia
696
688
8
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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