Accession Number:

ADA106588

Title:

Cost of VA Medical Care to Ineligible Persons Is High and Difficult to Recover.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-07-02

Pagination or Media Count:

45.0

Abstract:

During the 27-month period ended December 31, 1979, the Veterans Administration attempted to collect 15 million from persons who had received medical care in VA facilities, but who were not eligible for VA benefits. VA recovered 1.2 million of this amount and wrote off 6.5 million as uncollectible. A major cause of the problem involving ineligible persons is VAs policy of not denying medical care to persons pending positive determination of their entitlement to VA benefits. GAO recommends that VA 1 provide medical care to individuals whose entitlement to veteran benefits cannot be determined at the time of application only when their medical condition requires prompt medical attention and 2 strengthen the eligibility determination process and collection of debts.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE