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Medical Care

MedicalConnecting military-affiliated members and their families with appropriate health care can be a challenge. While generally resilient, even the strongest of these families can be physically impacted as a result of military service and stress. Communities can provide resources that help, and military and veteran families benefit from specialized facilities and providers who are dedicated to their well-being.

Medical Care Indicators

Our interactive tools can display:
  • VA healthcare facilities available in the state;
  • Number of civilian providers who accept TRICARE insurance;
  • VA medical care;
  • Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA); and
  • Veteran disability ratings. 

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Indicator Definition and Data Sources

VA healthcare facilities available in the state
Definition Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care facilities, hospitals and community-based outpatient clinics.
Source/Date: Department of Veterans Affairs/2017
View: Map or table
Map Display: Location
Number of civilian providers who accept TRICARE insurance
Definition: Selected primary care providers (such as those in family practice, general practice and pediatrics) that accept TRICARE insurance. TRICARE is the health care program for military and veteran beneficiaries.
Source/Date: HealthNet Federal Services, United Healthcare, Humana website listings/2016
View: Map or table
Map Display: Dot density or thematic
VA medical care
Definition: Data is by county for: individual VA patients; medical expenditures; total expenditures per veteran by year; and VA patients per 100 veterans.
Source/Date: Department of Veterans Affairs/2016
View: Map, table or graph
Map Display: Thematic
Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)
Definition: Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are designated by HRSA as having shortages of primary care, dental care, or mental health providers and may be geographic (a county or service area), population (e.g., low income or Medicaid eligible) or facilities (e.g., federally qualified health centers, or state or federal prisons).
Source/Date: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/2016
View: Map (Temporarily Unavailable) or table
Map Display: Thematic
Veteran disability rating
Definition: Number of veterans per county with various disability ratings ranging from 0-100 percent. Veterans are assigned disability ratings of 10, 20, 30, etc. percent.
Source/Date: Department of Veterans Affairs/2016
View: Map or table
Map Display: Thematic
Unique patients
Definition:Unique patients are patients who received treatment at a VA health care facility. Data are provided by the Allocation Resource Center (ARC). Also from the VA Glossary: A veteran patient counted as a unique in each division from which they receive care. For example, if a patient receives primary care at one VA facility and specialty care from another VA facility, he/she will be counted as a unique patient in each.

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