VA reports increase in number of August appointments scheduled at St. Louis, MO VAMC health facility


The St. Louis, MO VA Medical Center, subsidiary 657 in St. Louis, Missouri scheduled 53,084 pending appointments in August compared to 49,548 during the same period last year, according to data collected from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Of the total number of appointments this August, 49,694 had a wait time of 30 days or less (93.6%) and 3,390 appointments (6.4%) 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 or better to 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.

At a hearing before the House Veterans Affairs Committee after the report was released, Debra Draper, health care director at the GAO, said new patients may actually wait up to 70 days for an appointment when they first enroll for benefits.

The VA explains on its website that when veterans apply for benefits, they are assigned to 1 of 8 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.

St. Louis, MO VA Medical Center - 657 Appointments Scheduled in August 2019 vs. August 2018

Facility Code
Location
Total Appointments Scheduled in August 2019
Total Appointments Scheduled in August 2018
Percent change in number of appointments
657
St. Louis
53,084
49,548
7.1%
657A0
St. Louis
28,272
27,584
2.5%
657GA
Shiloh
4,136
3,068
34.8%
657GB
Florissant
4,554
3,883
17.3%
657GD
O'Fallon
4,333
3,747
15.6%
657GS
Washington
1,826
1,580
15.6%
657GX
St. Louis
4,024
3,786
6.3%
657QA
St. Louis
5,115
4,359
17.3%
657QE
Scott AFB
66
70
-5.7%
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

Want to get notified whenever we write about City of St. Louis ?

Sign-up Next time we write about City of St. Louis, we'll email you a link to the story. You may edit your settings or unsubscribe at any time.

Organizations in this Story

City of St. Louis

More News

Metro Business Network