Despite significant negative press coverage and the challenges of the pandemic and service-related diseases like mesothelioma, a recent study has shown that the number of veterans visiting providers within the VA community care network is increasing. Veterans advocates are attributing the rise in engagement to improved access, lower wait times, and overall increased satisfaction in the medical services provided.
In the face of COVID-19, veterans with malignant mesothelioma and other medical needs have found the staff at the Veterans Affairs facilities are available and have taken special precautions to protect those they serve while continuing to provide excellent health care. The result has been record-high trust in VA health care reported at over 90%, over 66 million Veteran in-person, face-to-face and video visits provided, and high rates of veterans availing themselves of the COVID-19 vaccine. While the VA postponed elective and routine procedures and appointments, they continued offering urgent and life-saving treatments such as those needed for patients suffering from malignant mesothelioma.
Veterans diagnosed with the rare, asbestos-related disease have the option of seeking care from either VA community care facilities or from a cancer center that offers the specialized care that their mesothelioma demands. In some cases, the VA providers may refer the veteran to a particular specialist outside of the VA network, informing them of the availability of treatment options, and this procedure has also added to the high level of trust that sick veterans have for the agency.
If you or someone you love is a veteran diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, it is important that you receive the appropriate specialized care demanded by your medical condition. For assistance in ensuring that you receive the benefits to which you are entitled, contact us at 1-800-726-7245.