What Types of Procedures and Medical Practices Are Covered by Veterans Hospitals?


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Veterans Health Administration medical centers provide comprehensive care, which includes critical care, surgery, orthopedics, mental health, pharmacy, physical therapy and radiology to Veterans throughout the United States. Some VHA hospitals also provide specialty services, including dermatology, dental, oncology and vision care.

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What Types of Procedures and Medical Practices Are Covered by Veterans Hospitals?
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VHA medical centers provide patient advocates to help patients resolve concerns about their health care. These professionals attempt to address concerns that are not resolved at the point of care.

In addition to medical centers, the VHA operates outpatient clinics, community living centers and Vet Centers. Clinics serve largely rural areas by providing health and wellness visits, while community living centers are skilled nursing facilities catering to those who require end-of-life care or rehabilitation following strokes, surgery or serious injury. Many of these centers also serve as home to those with chronic yet stable conditions that require 24-hour care, as well as those who suffer from dementia.

Vet Centers provide readjustment counseling to veterans newly returned from war as well as their families. They also offer a wide range of counseling, outreach and referral services with the goal of helping veterans transition back to life in their communities. Services include group and individual counseling to address issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide prevention referrals and alcohol and drug referrals.

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