Ralph H. Johnson VAMC facility in Beaufort scheduled 5,350 medical appointments in August 2019


The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, subsidiary 534GC in Beaufort, South Carolina scheduled 5,350 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, 5,346 had a wait time of 30 days or less (99.9%) and four appointments (0.1%) 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.

Ralph H. Johnson 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
534
Charleston
60,169
58,219
1,950
534BY
Savannah
19,592
19,372
220
534GD
Goose Creek
12,508
12,424
84
534GE
Hinesville
8,902
8,885
17
534QA
Myrtle Beach
7,335
7,162
173
534GC
Beaufort
5,350
5,346
4
534GB
Myrtle Beach
4,800
4,781
19
534GF
North Charleston
1,579
1,574
5
534QB
North Charleston
1,238
1,237
1
534QC
Charleston
70
70
0
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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