Can I go to my local ER if I have an emergency and live far from the VAMC?

Posted on: Thursday, May 03, 2018
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Can I go to my local ER if I have an emergency and live far from the VAMC?

Question

If you are 100% T&P disabled vet can you go to a local hospital for emergency treatment. I live 125 miles from the vamc.

Jim's Reply

It depends. VA says that you should go to a nearby ER in the event of an emergency. https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/Emergency_Care.asp

 But there is plenty of controversy and history about VA not paying the bills and veterans having issues with credit reports and bill collectors. My advice...use such services only when you have a life threatening emergency.

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