Upon enrolling VA’s health care program, access to several VA services and benefits offered in part or in full will be granted to you. The following section will cover a number of these services and benefits.
There are some veterans who think going to the doctor is appropriate only when something is not right. What is the purpose of going to a doctor when you are feeling healthy?
Because you may healthy for a longer period of time if you undergo an annual check-up.
A check-up can provide very vital information which your physician can use in case you become ill. It can also help you to detect the presence of diseases in your body early and enables your doctor to give you vial advice on how to prevent disease. For purposes of keeping you healthy and reduce the risk of undergoing severe treatments, the health benefits provided by the VA incorporate vital preventive care that you can use. You can arrange for the following at any VA facility:
- Medical exams on a periodic basis (includes exams specific to gender)
- Education on health as well as nutrition
- Immunization against all diseases which are infectious
- Counselling regarding inheritance of diseases that are genetically inherited
The procedures above may or may not require co-payment. However, this depends on your disability rating and priority group. Through the VA medical facility or using the internet, you can find out what preventative care options are available to you.
Mental health care
VA gives specialty outpatient and inpatient mental health care services at its outpatient clinics based in communities and its medical centers. They give sexual trauma counselling free of charge as well as referral, coupled with the necessary care and services for purposes of overcoming psychological trauma caused by physical assault or sexual assault or sexual harassment which had occurred during the course of a veteran’s active period or ADUTRA, Active Duty for Training.
Mental health services are provided by special clinics, nursing homes, primary care clinics and residential care facilities. Special programs such as day centers, psychosocial rehabilitation, work programs and intensive mental health management are offered to veterans suffering from serious mental health problems. The following is the list of all the programs and services supported by Mental Health:
- Inpatient care
- Substance use disorders
- Homeless programs
- Evidence based psychotherapy programs
- Suicide prevention
- Outpatient mental health care
- Programs for veterans who had been incarcerated
- Residential care
- Suicide programs
- Psychosocial rehabilitation
- Specialized PTSD services
- Mental health disaster response/ deployment activities