Military Connection: VA Wait Times Remain: By Debbie Gregory
Veterans will be happy to know that the Department of Veterans Affairs has made significant progress in improving the backlog of patients waiting for care at VA facilities. The VA has cut the number of Veterans who face a wait time of more than four months for an appointment from 120,000 in May, 2014 to 23,000 in October, 2014.
That number is expected to drop even lower with the issuance of VA Choice Cards, a short-term solution that will allow Veterans living more than 40 miles from a VA facility to seek treatment from non-VA facilities. Choice Cards will also temporarily allow Veterans waiting longer than 30 days for treatment at a VA facility to seek private care.
From June through September, 2014, the VA completed 19 million medical appointments in their facilities. This is an increase of 1.2 million compared to the same time last year.
The VA’s goal is to provide timely, quality healthcare for Veterans and their dependents. That is why the VA continues to implement reforms aimed at significantly improving access to care.
One of the major efforts that the VA is undertaking as part of their long-term reform is to recruit more health care providers. To entice quality …read more
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