Bath VAMC facility in Coudersport scheduled 178 medical appointments in August 2019


The Bath VA Medical Center, subsidiary 528QE in Coudersport, Pennsylvania scheduled 178 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, 160 had a wait time of 30 days or less (89.9%) and 18 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.

Bath 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
528A6
Bath
20,262
19,637
625
528G4
Elmira
1,993
1,968
25
528G8
Wellsville
626
571
55
528QF
Wellsboro
450
401
49
528QE
Coudersport
178
160
18
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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