Sunday, May 2, 2010

Does VA provide for Chiropractic Care?

Subject: VA medical centers and clinics may offer chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for problems of the spine. Eligible veterans may receive chiropractic care after receiving referral from their primary care provider; however, this service is not offered at all VA facilities. In areas distant from the locations that offer this service, eligible veterans may be able to receive chiropractic care through VA's outpatient fee-basis program after a referral by their primary care provider, and prior authorization by the department. See your primary care provider at your nearest VA medical facility for assistance.

A "Kink" in the System

By: Elizabeth Corridan

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) – Returning to civilian life can be a tough enough transition for our veterans. Many also deal with a debilitating and painful condition: back pain. Help is available but some say there is a kink in the system.

According to a 2009 survey, the number one complaint from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seeking care from the VA health system is back pain. Given the huge demand for care, in 2002 and 2003 Congress enacted legislation making chiropractic care available at 36 VA. facilities across the United States. None of those facilities are in Massachusetts. The closest are in Newington and West Haven, Connecticut.

At the Northampton VA Medical Center, veterans in need of chiropractic care are referred to the Connecticut facilities but some exceptions are made. In a statement on its policy, the Northampton VA said :

If a provider determines that the patient's condition requires obtaining chiropractic care closer to his or her residence, referral for fee basis care in the community may be authorized. For veterans responsible for co-payment charges, the basic co-payment charge of $15 will apply for chiropractic services"

Dale Giessman, DC
350 John Muir Pkwy., Suite 265
Brentwood, CA 94513

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