Wait Times Still High for Veterans in VA Choice Program

New research found that veterans who seek care at a health service facility under the Veterans Choice Program could experience significant wait times for appointments.

By healthpayerintelligence.com

Research from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that veterans waited an average 24 days to receive care at any care facility that is administered by the Veterans Choice Program.

The program allows veterans to receive care from non-Veterans Health Administration  (VHA) providers when VHA providers are unavailable. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) uses two contractors, or third-party administrators (TPAs), that schedule patient appointments after receiving referrals from VA medical centers (VAMC.)

Specifically, the Veterans Choice Program offers veterans the ability to visit a provider outside of the VHA network if the next available medical appointment is longer than 30 days. A veteran’s provider can also determine a necessary date for care.

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