Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC facility (544) in Columbia scheduled 95,836 medical appointments in August 2019


The Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, subsidiary 544 in Columbia, South Carolina scheduled 95,836 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, 86,123 had a wait time of 30 days or less (89.9%) and 9,713 appointments (10.1%) 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.

Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn 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
544
Columbia
95,836
86,123
9,713
544BZ
Greenville
19,780
17,898
1,882
544GC
Rock Hill
9,526
9,483
43
544GB
Florence
8,487
8,357
130
544GD
Anderson
7,676
7,236
440
544GG
Spartanburg
6,650
6,628
22
544GF
Sumter
4,115
3,966
149
544GE
Orangeburg
3,570
3,502
68
544HK
Columbia
773
670
103
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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