Yokosuka hospital makes changes to unpopular appointment policy
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Naval Hospital Yokosuka has updated an unpopular policy that made it hard for civilians to get medical appointments.
Non-active duty affiliated civilians could only make same-day appointments on a space-available basis under rules in force since November. But on April 9, the Navy started allowing civilians to schedule appointments up to 72 hours out.
The rules were relaxed after medical personnel cleared an appointment backlog that had prevented some servicemembers and their dependents from getting care within a period mandated by the Navy, hospital spokeswoman Erika Figueroa told Stars and Stripes in an email Monday.
“Additional appointments have become available to Space-A patients,” she said. “We are pleased to now be able to offer this flexibility in scheduling primary care appointments.”
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