Marion VAMC facility in Harrisburg scheduled 667 medical appointments in August 2019


The Marion VA Medical Center, subsidiary 657GU in Harrisburg, Illinois scheduled 667 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, 630 had a wait time of 30 days or less (94.5%) and 37 appointments (5.6%) 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.

Marion 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
657GJ
Evansville
22,004
21,296
708
657A5
Marion
16,747
16,135
612
657GL
Paducah
4,000
3,966
34
657GK
Mount Vernon
2,758
2,754
4
657GP
Owensboro
2,651
2,485
166
657GT
Carbondale
2,625
2,624
1
657GR
Mayfield
2,337
2,333
4
657GM
Effingham
1,799
1,775
24
657QD
Marion
1,076
1,071
5
657GO
Hanson
991
991
0
657GQ
Vincennes
988
986
2
657GU
Harrisburg
667
630
37
657BW
Marion MH-RRTP
162
162
0
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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