VA: VA wait times for new appointments equal to or better than those in private sector

“A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows VA significantly reduced wait times for Veteran patients in primary care and three specialty care services between 2014 and 2017.”

“The study, titled “Comparison of Wait Times for New Patients Between the Private Sector and United States Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers,” compared wait times between VA and private-sector clinicians in 15 major metropolitan areas for appointments in primary care, dermatology, cardiology and orthopedics.”

“For all specialties except orthopedics, VA wait times were similar to private-sector wait times in 2014, and were shorter in 2017…”

“According to the JAMA study, average wait time in 2014 for a VA appointment in one of these specialties was 22.5 days, compared with 18.7 days for private-sector physicians. In 2017, the average VA wait time was 17.7 days, while the private-sector average was 29.8 days. That translates to a shorter average wait time of 12 days in VA, compared with the private sector…” Read the full press release here.

Source: VA wait times for new appointments equal to or better than those in private sector – January 18, 2019. VA.

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