Houston’s VA medical clinic has had the number of outpatient visits spring from 474,901 in 2000 to 815,605 in 2009; almost doubling the amount of veterans treated. The increase has been attributed to the vast amount of veterans returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In response to the flood of veterans the main VA medical center has experienced, 4 new VA outpatient clinics will open in the suburbs. Houston’s VA medical clinic treated about 1,500 veterans in 2006. Comparably, it treated more than 8,000 this year.
The VA medical centers have also become popular and are therefore treating more veterans because of the state of the economy. VA health care is much more affordable than most hospitals and the level of care is on par with any other medical clinic.
The Richmond and Lake Jackson VA outpatient clinics will occupy very similar 10,000-square-foot-facilities. Richmond will open next summer and the Lake Jackson facility will open next fall. Both of these VA medical centers will offer:
- Primary health care;
- Mental health Care;
- Laboratory services; and
- X-Ray services.
The other 2 VA outpatient clinics, which will open in Katy and Tomball, will be much larger. Those two facilities will both be 30,000 square feet but will not open for another 3 to 4 years. The Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic will also open in 2010.
All of these clinics serve one purpose: to bring primary health care closer to where veterans live.