VA Montana HCS facility in Bozeman scheduled 1,604 medical appointments in August 2019


The VA Montana Health Care System, subsidiary 436GD in Bozeman, Montana scheduled 1,604 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, 1,541 had a wait time of 30 days or less (96.1%) and 63 appointments (3.9%) 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.

VA Montana Health Care System Appointments Scheduled in August

Facility Code
Location
Total Appointments Scheduled
Appointments Scheduled 30 Days or Less
Appointments Scheduled More than 30 Days
436
Fort Harrison
15,499
13,395
2,104
436GC
Missoula
7,015
6,623
392
436GH
Billings
6,547
5,866
681
436GF
Kalispell
5,249
4,985
264
436GN
Billings
3,460
2,799
661
436GB
Great Falls
2,709
2,364
345
436GA
Anaconda
1,825
1,798
27
436GD
Bozeman
1,604
1,541
63
436QC
Helena
1,536
1,315
221
436QA
Hamilton
1,229
1,179
50
436GM
Lewistown
511
419
92
436A4
Miles City
345
286
59
436HC
Havre
310
234
76
436GK
Glendive
193
172
21
436GI
Glasgow
127
125
2
436GL
Cut Bank
98
94
4
436QB
Plentywood
25
23
2
436MA
IDES Malmstrom AFB
1
1
0
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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