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Health Care Is Provided On A Priority List Due To Limited Funding

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Due to limited funding, the VA maintains a priority list. Upon enrolling in the system you will be assigned a priority and access to care will be based on that number and overall availability. The priorities, in order, are:

  • First priority is for emergencies and for patients who have already begun treatment at a particular facility.
  • Second priority is for people needing treatment for service-connected conditions.
  • Third is for patients who are receiving or who are eligible to receive, VA disability benefits and who need treatment for non-service-connected conditions.

The remaining capacity for care is usually filled by veterans and their dependents and survivors who are age 65, receiving a VA pension and who are unable to afford the care elsewhere. 

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