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Can I choose to get medical care outside of the VA system at VA cost?

By law, the VA has to provide medical care within the VA system. In some cases, VA may pay for general medical care at your local hospital or nursing home, however, certain eligibility criteria must be met to receive this service. This is called Fee Basic Care. VA provides this care if it is determined that you are not physically able to travel to the VA facility or the VA facility cannot provide the medical care you need. You can contact the Fee Basic Care staff in your area to receive more information.

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