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“To provide quality health care services to eligible Veteran population in the Philippines and provide quality service in support of the VA Regional Office and Social Security Administration activities.”
VA office has been in operation in the Philippines since the US Veterans Bureau was opened in 1922 (except during the Japanese occupation of WW II), and it is an integral part of the Unites States’ Mission to the Republic of the Philippines.
VA Regional Office (RO) and Outpatient Clinic (OPC) operate in Manila, Philippines. Both administrations are now co-located on US Embassy grounds. This illustrates the US Government’s continuing commitment to Veterans in the Philippines by providing a new state-of-the-art facility that provides a safer, more accessible "one-stop-shop" for all Veterans' needs. The new building boasts new diagnostic equipment and increased clinical and administrative space to provide world-class health care and support Veterans' claims for disability benefits. The USDVA-Manila staff includes 225 Filipino employees, working hard every day to serve Veterans of both our nations.
The new Outpatient Clinic (OPC) proudly opened its doors for business on January 31, 2011. This is the only VA healthcare facility located in a foreign country. VHA Directive 2007-006 and 38CFR17.35 provide the authority for delivery of outpatient health care services to US Veterans residing or sojourning in the Philippines.
Health care services are provided at the OPC by Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) and contracted Specialist Consultants. Most specialties are available in house or by contract.
OPC services are made up of general medicine and internal medicine with subspecialties in:
- Mental Health
Ancillary services include:
- Social Work
The OPC also provides general and/or medical specialist examinations sufficient to identify a condition and determine the extent to which a Veteran is disabled. All findings are elemental to the adjudication of claims for VA benefits.
The OPC is accredited by:
- OIG – CAP 2009
- College of American Pathologist Laboratory Accreditation Program 2009
Inpatient and fee basis outpatient care is limited to treatment of service-connected conditions and is provided through fee-based arrangements with accredited medical facilities and private health care providers in the community.
Eligibility for care at the Manila OPC is unique and by appointment only. A US Military Veteran must have a VA service-connected disability rating of at least zero percent. Service connected US Veterans who receive services through the Manila OPC may be treated for their non-service connected disabilities within the available scope of services and resources of the Manila OPC.
Recent US Military combat Veterans may receive care at no cost for a limited period of time regardless of whether or not they have a VA service-connected disability of at least zero percent. For more information go to: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/.