VETERANS ADMINISTRATION NEWS

  

Military Veterans' Healthcare Advocate

 

HERE ARE THE FACTS:

There are more than 21 million veterans living in the United States.

  • One of every ten individuals over the age of 18 is a veteran.
  • One of every six men between the ages of 35 and 65 is a veteran.
  •  About 80 percent of veterans receive their healthcare from civilian doctors and hospitals.
  • 37 percent of veterans are registered with the Department of Veterans Health Affairs, but three-quarters of those registered also have other forms of health insurance  (Private, Medicare or Medicaid.)

 

CIVILIAN PHYSICIANS RARELY TAKE A MILITARY HEALTH HISTORY TO IDENTIFY THOSE PATIENTS WHO ARE VETERANS!!

 

  • Symptoms and conditions related to past deployments are not identified as service-related.
  • Veterans are not receiving preventive counseling or testing for known deployment-related risks.
  • Under-insured veterans are not referred to VHA facilities to receive free medical care or financial aid for service-related disabilities.
  • An opportunity is missed to pool electronic health data to identify which medical conditions are associated with specific deployments.

 

MILITARY VETERANS SHOULD ALWAYS TELL THEIR PHYSICIANS THAT THEY ARE VETERANS!!!

 

They should also tell them their branch of service; Their job description; When and where they were stationed; if they served in a combat setting; And if they have known or suspected service-related medical or psychological problems. They should then insist that this information becomes part of their medical record because it might be important now or in the future.

 

Military health history should become a standard part of all electronic health records - both civilian and at the VHA.  

 

And civilian and VHA records should be integrated for continuity of care. Military personnel should be provided with an electronic record of their health history that can be presented to a civilian or VHA physician for reference.

 

IMPROVED OUTCOMES

 

Veterans will benefit by receiving benefits to which they are entitled; by having earlier diagnosis of service-related illness; and by receiving preventive counselling for known deployment-related health risks.

 

Physicians will benefit by having an increased awareness of pertinent medical and social history that had not been entered previously into their patients' records.

 

Healthcare facilities will benefit by having some unpaid medical services covered by the VHA.

 

Veterans Health Administration will benefit by better meeting the needs of veterans and having new patients referred to them.

Share your  ideas or concerns on how we as a community can better serve our Veterans.

 

 Please call us at:

Office:  719-694-3105    

Cell: 719-352-8425

 

Rocky Mountain Veterans Village Foundation

2480 Waynoka Road

Suite 113

Colorado Springs, CO 80915

Mailing:

RMVVF

2480 Waynoka Road

Box 256

Colorado Springs, CO 80915

 

 

 

 

 

 

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