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Now, patients who are VA-eligible can go to an urgent care facility for limited care, no matter how close they are to a VA facility, Military.com reported.
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The benefit should be used for the treatment of minor injuries and minor illnesses like colds, sore throats and small skin infections.
Before seeking treatment from a civilian urgent care center, patients are being advised to reach out to a VA medical facility first, since only a handful of services and providers are part of the program. If a service or provider is not covered, then the costs will come out of pocket.
Beneficiaries are also directed to ask the clinic to make sure it is a participating location once they arrive, according to the VA.
There could be a co-pay needed depending on what VA Priority Group a veteran has been assigned to and how many visits have been made.