Civilian Doctors May Not Feel Equipped to Care for Veterans

Resent research published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that most civilian doctors in the U.S. feel unprepared to care for military veterans. The study included a survey of 140 U.S. physicians who had no medical training by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system but were treating a high level of vets.

The majority of the doctors who took the survey indicated they did not feel comfortable discussing and assessing common veteran health concerns such as exposure-related health risks. The survey responses also indicated the doctors were not adequately trained to identify, communicate, and treat veterans with military-related health conditions.

While some doctors did display some level of comfort dealing with patients who are veterans, an overwhelming number of the survey participants were uncomfortable with veteran’s health issues. The researchers are now calling for improved training and counseling for doctors who see veteran patients in order to facilitate the best care and understanding possible.

The VA provides veteran-centric care to nearly all U.S. military veterans regardless of their health condition. If you are a disabled veteran with discharge other than dishonorable, you are entitled to health care at any VA facility. In many cases, VA doctors are best equipped to deal with common combat ailments and service-connected conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), uranium and Agent Orange exposure, and IED blast injuries.

If during or as a result of your military service you developed a disabling health condition or illness you may be entitled to veterans disability benefits. Veterans Help Group® is here to help you with your veterans disability claim, call today – 1-855-855-8992.