2.1. Overview of the VA Medical Benefits Package
A medial benefits package is a package of health care services that is designed to promote good health, preserve your current health and/or restore you to better health. Within the VA, the medical benefits package includes treating illnesses and injuries, preventing secondary health conditions or future health problems, improving functional abilities and enhancing your quality of life.
The VA is one of the Nation's largest health care providers and educators of the future medical practitioners. The VA provides a full range of medically necessary services. These services are provided based upon the judgment of a VA primary care physician and in accordance with the generally accepted standards of clinical practice. Services provided by the VA include:
- Primary care This is typically the first stop for VA medical services. Once enrolled in the VA healthcare system, you will be assigned a primary care physician who will evaluate your overall health and coordinate additional services that are deemed medically necessary.
- Health promotion
- Disease prevention
- Palliative care
- Pharmacy benefits
- Prosthetics and durable medical equipment
- Critical care
- Mental health care and counseling
- Women's health care
- Physical and Occupational therapy