Veterans’ Medical Benefits Package (Standard Benefits)

VA’s medical benefits package provides the following health care services to all enrolled veterans.

Preventive Care Services

Ambulatory (Outpatient) Diagnostic and Treatment Services

  • Emergency outpatient care in VA facilities

  • Medical
  • Surgical (including reconstructive/plastic surgery as a result of disease or trauma)
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Mental Health
  • Bereavement Counseling
  • Substance Abuse

Hospital (Inpatient) Diagnostic and Treatment

  • Emergency inpatient care in VA facilities

  • Medical
  • Surgical (including reconstructive/plastic surgery as a result of disease or trauma)
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse

Medications and Supplies

  • Prescription medications

  • Over-the counter medications
  • Medical and surgical supplies

Generally, they must be prescribed by a VA provider and be available under VA’s national formulary system

Will VA pay for medications written by a non-VA physician?

Generally only veterans with special eligibility, such as veterans receiving Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits, or who are approved by a VA health care facility for Fee Basis are eligible to receive medications at VA expense.

More information on Special Benefits

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