North Florida/South Georgia VA HCS facility (573QF) in Gainesville scheduled 30 medical appointments in August 2019


The North Florida/South Georgia VA Health Care System, subsidiary 573QF in Gainesville, Florida scheduled 30 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, 20 had a wait time of 30 days or less (66.7%) and 10 appointments (33.3%) 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.

North Florida/South Georgia VA 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
573
Gainesville
58,101
54,366
3,735
573BY
Jacksonville
43,854
38,655
5,199
573GI
The Villages
30,495
29,087
1,408
573GF
Tallahassee
26,840
26,068
772
573A4
Lake City
18,386
17,170
1,216
573QG
Jacksonville Southpoint
14,516
13,590
926
573QJ
Jacksonville
11,515
10,874
641
573GD
Ocala
9,997
9,808
189
573GE
Saint Augustine
9,009
8,808
201
573QD
Gainesville
6,615
6,483
132
573QH
Ocala
5,263
4,744
519
573QE
Gainesville
5,005
4,735
270
573GA
Valdosta
4,925
4,808
117
573GJ
St. Marys
4,259
4,081
178
573QK
Lake City
3,782
3,768
14
573GL
Palatka
3,261
3,239
22
573GM
Waycross
3,111
3,092
19
573GK
Marianna
3,008
2,999
9
573GG
Lecanto
2,269
2,264
5
573QC
Gainesville
1,614
1,131
483
573QB
Gainesville 2-98th Street
1,130
1,059
71
573GN
Perry
599
598
1
573QA
Gainesville 1-16th Street
74
73
1
573QF
Gainesville
30
20
10
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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