If you are a veteran of the U.S. armed forces and are concerned about the high cost of healthcare, consider getting most or all of your healthcare needs at a nearby Veteran’s Administration health care facility.
Getting healthcare at a VA facility can be ease a great deal of financial burden when it comes to the cost of healthcare. As a veteran with a service-connected disability of 70%, I get all of my healthcare needs taken care of at no cost (due to the disability) and the facility does everything that it can to take care of my needs and disabilities.
Even if you do have health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid, you may still be eligible to receive care at a VA healthcare facility. This includes primary care, vision, dental (for some veterans), mental health, surgery, suicide prevention, and other services.
Also, once you are enrolled to receive VA healthcare, you may receive treatment at any VA healthcare facility across the country.
In order to determine eligibility, you can go in person to the nearest VA healthcare facility and stop by the enrollment office (be sure to bring a copy of your DD-214) or complete the updated online form for enrollment. You can access the online form via the link in the “Sources” section at the end of the article.
Remember also that VA healthcare is not just for those who served in combat, those with disabilities, or men. The VA healthcare facility is capable of providing high-quality care to those without disabilities and also to women veterans.
I have been a patient in the VA healthcare system for the past six years and I believe every veteran who is eligible should receive care at a VA healthcare facility. No organization is perfect, but I if I had not been satisfied with my level of care, I would have sought out healthcare in the private sector. It is in your best interest to receive all of the benefits for which you are eligible.
If you or a veteran you know is not receiving healthcare because of economic difficulty or lack of insurance, be sure to give them this information or pass along this article.
Also, if you want to talk to someone over the phone, you can call the VA toll free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time to have your questions answered in more detail.
And don’t forget, that as a veteran, you are also eligible for other benefits that do not include healthcare. That could be home loans and burial rights. Be sure to explore the VA website for details on these additional benefits and contact your state’s veteran’s office for any state-specific programs.
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