Veterans Choice Program Has Scheduled Over Two Million Medical Appointments
The Veterans Choice Program (VCP) recently hit a major milestone with its two-millionth scheduled appointment. The VCP is an initiative by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) designed to get more veterans the medical care they need. Through the program, veterans can schedule an appointment with a non-VA provider if they meet one of the following criteria:
- The VA center cannot see him for more than 30 days of the veteran’s preferred date or physician’s requested date.
- The veteran lives more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility with a full-time primary care physician.
- The veteran must use unconventional travel methods (e.g., boat, ferry, air) to attend appointments at his closest facility.
- Traveling to a VA medical facility places a significant burden on the veteran.
- VA health facilities cannot meet the frequency or specialization demands of the veteran’s specific health care needs.
- The veteran lives in an area without a full-service VA medical facility.
Veterans enrolled in VA health care and who have a Choice Card can make an appointment with a private practice if they meet any of these conditions.
The VCP is allowing veterans to get the care they need when they need it, rather than waiting months or even years for treatment that may not come in time. The VA created the program in response to complaints of long wait times and veterans passing away before they could obtain an appointment.
The VCP is constantly growing its choice provider network, giving veterans more options outside the VA health care system. For veterans with service-connected disabilities, consistent health care is important to providing evidence of your disability rating.
There Are Many Programs to Help Veterans with Service-Connected Health Conditions
While the Veterans Choice Program takes the financial burden off veterans seeking quality health care, there are other benefits for veterans with service-connected ailments. If you suffer from a health condition connected to your time in the service, you may qualify for veterans’ disability benefits.
To schedule a consultation with a Disability Help Group disability advocate, contact us today at 800-800-2009.