VA Health Care:
Comparison of VA Benefits With Other Public and Private Programs
HRD-93-94: Published: Jul 29, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) compared the health care benefits available under major public and private programs; and (2) analyzed the potential effects of existing benefit differences on veterans' use of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health care system.
GAO found that: (1) VA has a broader range of covered services than other health benefits programs, but no veteran is currently entitled to the full range of VA services; (2) VA offers some health-related services not generally covered by other programs and places fewer limits on the number and duration of benefits; (3) veterans with dual health care eligibility generally incur lower out-of-pocket costs if they obtain their care from VA; (4) the complex VA entitlement provisions could affect veterans with nonservice-connected disabilities that rely on VA for their health care; and (5) VA hospital care is generally free.