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Benefit Details
Contract Hospital Care and Medical Services in Non-Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Facilities
Managing Agency Veterans Health Administration (VHA) http://www.va.gov/health

Program Description

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may authorize a non-VA health care facility to provide necessary medical care services when such services are not routinely available at a VA health care facility, or VA determines that such services can be obtained outside the VA more economically or more appropriately due to geographic inaccessibility. Non-VA care must be authorized by VA in advance.

General Program Requirements

You must be enrolled in the VA health care system (or qualify based on one of the exceptions in the law). Go to "Basic Medical Benefits for Veterans" to see the program requirements.

Generally, in order to receive VA benefits and services the Veteran/Servicemember's character of discharge or service must be under other than dishonorable conditions (e.g., honorable, under honorable conditions, general). However, individuals receiving undesirable, bad conduct and other types of dishonorable discharges may qualify for VA benefits depending on a determination made by VA.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To inquire about authorized hospital care and medical services in non-VA health care facilities, contact your nearest VA health care facility. Visit http://www.va.gov/directory/ to locate your nearest VA health care facility.

Program Contact Information

If you have questions: To apply for additional Veterans' benefits and view your benefit status, open an eBenefits Premium account. eBenefits is a one-stop source for information on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services. With a free Premium level eBenefits account, Veterans and Servicemembers can conduct self-service transactions such as checking claim status information, GI Bill enrollment, and obtaining copies of civil service preference letters, DD214, and other personal information. For further information and to register for a free Premium level account, visit http://www.ebenefits.va.gov.