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About the Program

Many Veterans will now have the option to receive non-VA health care rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility.

Beginning November 5, 2014, the new Choice Program will begin to cover non-VA care for eligible Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans are eligible if any of these situations apply to you:

You have been told by your local VA medical facility that you will need to wait more than 30 days from your preferred date or the date medically determined by your physician

Your current residence is more than 40 miles from the closest VA health care facility

You need to travel by plane or boat to the VA medical facility closest to your home

You face a geographic challenge, such as extensive distances around water or other geologic formations, such as mountains, which presents a significant travel hardship

More info at:

http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/

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My VA outpatient clinic where my pcp is located is 21 miles from my home but my VAMC where the specialists and dentists are located is 62 miles from my home. Since I am not more than 40 miles from my VA OPC, would I be able to use the VA choice card to see a private specialist or a dentist under this new program?

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The key is: Whistle blowers are still getting fired. As long as that continues, we will see the same old same old, while everyone looks the other way. This needs to change and heads need to roll when whistle blowers are fired.

All this said, I like McDonald and have high hopes for him. I think he is doing a good job so far.

I can not see, however, how the Veterans choice program can possibly work as written:

Its crazy.

You have to have a doctors note that you can not see the doctor because he is too busy. Does that make sense??? See my post below.

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In reference to the choice cards, specifically, quoting from website which Berta provided the link:

  • You have been told by your local VA medical facility that you will need to wait more than 30 days from your preferred date or the date medically determined by your physician
  • end VA website quote.

This is problematic. How are you gonna get a doc to state you cant get an appointment if you can not get in to see him???????????????

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In reference to the choice cards, specifically, quoting from website which Berta provided the link:

  • You have been told by your local VA medical facility that you will need to wait more than 30 days from your preferred date or the date medically determined by your physician
  • end VA website quote.

This is problematic. How are you gonna get a doc to state you cant get an appointment if you can not get in to see him???????????????

I don't have a VA choice card but I was outsourced by the VA for physical therapy albeit only 9 visits to a private PT clinic that is closer to me. The closest center is 49 miles from me no matter which way I go I am 40 miles from any VA clinic. The specialist are at Baltimore are 50 miles and those are the ones I have to see the most often.

Wait times are a different story of course.

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Georgiapapa I am in the same boat as you Iwent to the web site and answered the questions was told no dont qualify i then called the 1-866-606-8198 and asked the same question was told i do qualify as the VA MED center is more then 40 miles away my clinic is 35 miles away i would suggest calling see what they say
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id_firefighter 30,

Thank you for your response. I will call.

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