Department of Veterans Affairs

Stop Treating Non-related Injury/Disease

There are veterans that come into the hospital all the time who are there for something not even related to what they were seperated for and expect to have everything paid for. When I enrolled, the VA made it clear that I was not supposed to do this. The VA hospitals need to set up policies not to treat veterans who are there for other than their service-connected injury or disease. They can give them information on where else they can be treated. Also, many veterans come into the hospital because they are alcoholics or drug addicts and expect to get free healthcare. Usually these patients take up the most time and resources taking away from veterans that actually deserve to be in the hospital. I would think the VA can educate these patients on living alcohol and drug free and refer them to rehabilitation centers that will work with them, but have them pay for the rehab themselves. Also, if they actually need medical care and are not there just for pain meds, they can be referred to a civilian hospital where they can foot the bill.

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