Ohio vets’ medical care to expand under Air Force, VA pact

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – An agreement aimed at helping decrease wait times for veterans seeking medical care has been forged between Air Force and Veterans Affairs officials in Ohio.

The five-year agreement signed recently by Wright-Patterson Air Force Medical Center and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials allows VA medical facilities in Ohio to send veterans to Wright-Patterson’s medical center for inpatient or outpatient services. Officials hope it will significantly increase the number of VA patients who can seek treatment at the hospital.

The pact covers VA patients enrolled at one of five major VA facilities in Ohio that also serve veterans in northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana. Those facilities are Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and Chillicothe.

Wright-Patterson officials also expect the agreement to enable better use of the medical center’s resources.

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