VA’s Telehealth System Saving Over $700,000 Annually
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Telehealth system is proving to be useful in more ways than one. Recent reviews of the VA health system budgets have shown a dramatic improvement in reducing the cost of travel expenses for many facilities in the VA network.
The 2011 fiscal year looks a bit brighter due to several reductions across the nation. The Northwest Health Network showed a major improvement, including an Oregon VA hospital that saved $88,000 by holding video conferences with patients rather than conducting in-person consultations. The entire network saved an estimated $742,000 last year by holding more than 23,000 remote consultations.
The northwest region has struggled with providing local VA health care to disabled veterans and their families due to the distances between major cities. Many rural areas that were previously underserved are now reaping the benefits of the VA health care system because of the mobile health units and the Telehealth video conference system.
Obtaining proper medical care is important as a disabled veteran, and even more so as a veteran goes through the process of obtaining a disability rating for veterans disability benefits. With the Telehealth services saving money for VA facilities and providing convenient care for veterans, the quality of medical care can be improved.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.