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Veterans’ Medical Benefits Package (Standard Benefits)

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

Preventive Care Services
  • Immunizations
  • Physical Examinations
  • Health Care Assessments
  • Screening Tests
  • Health Education Programs


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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