Published On: February 5th, 2016|669 words|2.3 min read|
VA is focused on providing state of the art, high quality healthcare to women Veterans at all sites of care and being a national leader in health care for women. Women are the fastest growing subgroup of Veterans, with more than 2.2 million women Veterans in the U.S. Women make up 15 percent of today’s active duty military and 18 percent of guard and reserve forces and the number of women Veterans is expected to grow exponentially in the future.
That’s why the VA is enhancing facilities, training health care staff, and improving access to services to meet the current and future health care needs of women Veterans.
Full Services from Experienced Providers
We provide full services to women Veterans, including comprehensive primary care, gynecology care, maternity care, specialty care and mental health services. Primary care for women Veterans is provided by specially trained and experienced designated women’s health providers. Research has shown that women Veterans who use VA are highly satisfied with their care by our designated women’s health providers.
Furthermore, our quality measures show that women Veterans are more likely to receive breast cancer and cervical cancer screening than women in private sector healthcare. VA also tracks quality by gender and, unlike other health care systems, has been able to reduce and eliminate gender disparities in important aspects of health screening, prevention and chronic disease management.
Have a question?
Call the Women Veterans Call Center at 1-855-VA-WOMEN.
The call center provides a single avenue for women Veterans to find the help they need.
VA is also focused on training to enhance the skills of our workforce. To enhance and refresh abilities in women’s health, VA has provided training to over 2,200 primary care and emergency room providers through an intensive review of gender specific women’s health care.
Full Gynecological Care
Many women Veterans entering the VA system are of child-bearing age. Today, VA provides either on-site, or through care in the community paid for by VA, full gynecological care, including maternity care, and seven days of newborn care to all women Veterans and their newborns.
We know communication is important. That is why VA policy dictates that maternity care coordinators at all VA medical centers stay in contact with women during their pregnancies to support and coordinate their care.
VA continues to enhance its information technology for women’s health and is redesigning its electronic medical record to track breast and reproductive health care.
Are you a combat Veteran?
If you were discharged or released from active service on or after January 28, 2003, you are eligible to enroll in the VA health care system for five years from the date of your discharge or release, regardless of your disability claim status.
Managers Assigned to Women Veterans Exclusively
We don’t want female Veterans to be discouraged from obtaining critical services from VA, which is why at each VA medical center nationwide, a Women Veterans Program Manager is designated to assist women Veterans along with experienced women’s primary care providers. That means women Veterans can be seen in one place by a provider specially trained in women’s health.
Women Veterans program managers help women Veterans access VA benefits and health care services.
Help us spread the word. Women Veterans can and do get high quality primary care, specialty care, and preventive care such as breast and cervical cancer screenings at VA. They can also get prescription coverage, mental health care, home health care, and geriatric and extended care, as well as medical equipment and prosthetics coverage.