VA Miami HCS facility in Hollywood scheduled 3,365 medical appointments in August 2019


The VA Miami Health Care System, subsidiary 546GF in Hollywood, Florida scheduled 3,365 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, 3,277 had a wait time of 30 days or less (97.4%) and 88 appointments (2.6%) 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 Miami 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
546
Miami
56,041
49,000
7,041
546BZ
Sunrise
35,077
32,342
2,735
546GC
Homestead
5,086
4,793
293
546GF
Hollywood
3,365
3,277
88
546GD
Pembroke Pines
2,779
2,669
110
546GH
Deerfield Beach
1,922
1,908
14
546GB
Key West
1,788
1,765
23
546GE
Key Largo
915
892
23
546GA
Miami
65
64
1
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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