Have New Appointment Wait Times Improved at VA Health Care System?


JAMA Network Open

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 11 A.M. (ET), FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019

Media advisory: To contact corresponding study author Madeline Penn, B.S., B.A., email Michelle Spivak at Michelle.SpivakMelinger@va.gov. The full study, invited commentary and a summary podcast are linked to this news release.

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Bottom Line: This study compared new appointment wait times in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system with wait times in the private sector. Wait time data were for primary care, dermatology, cardiology or orthopedics at VA medical centers in 15 major metropolitan areas and private sector comparison data came from a published survey.

Authors: Madeline Penn, B.S., of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C., and coauthors

(doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.7096)

Editor’s Note: Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.

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