“It’s a pretty scary world out there,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Gaudet, a dermatologist and owner of the clinic at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a city-run outpatient clinic.
“I don’t know of a lot of people who have gotten this kind of help, so that’s why we do what we do.”
The clinic, known as the L.A. Clinic for Dermatology and Vascular Surgery, provides services to veterans with wounds and other injuries and to people in the medical community seeking help for their medical needs.
Gaudet said her practice also has seen some veterans suffering from anxiety or depression.
“We’re not used to dealing with this,” she said.
Some veterans and their families say they need help to pay for their care at the clinic because it’s too expensive for many veterans to afford private health insurance.
The VA provides reimbursement for some of the costs of veterans’ medical care, including certain prescription drugs, but not the entire cost.
While many vets are eligible for VA medical coverage, the vast majority of veterans don’t have it.
In 2015, the VA’s Office of the Inspector General found that only 16 percent of veterans received coverage, a number that has declined slightly in the last year.
The agency said that while there’s no national standard for determining the percentage of veterans eligible for coverage, in some instances, veterans are underinsured.
Veterans are also struggling to find quality VA care because the VA doesn’t have a centralized website that allows veterans to see if their medical bills are covered.
At the clinic, the veterans’ needs include everything from prescriptions for medications, to dental work and eye tests.
For veterans who need help paying for the medications and lab work, Gaudett has a team of nurses who can do that work for them, and sometimes she can find them at her office.
Many vets who have PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, are afraid to go to the VA because it would put them at risk for getting infected with the deadly coronavirus.
Vets have long struggled to access VA care.
In the 1970s, it was the most commonly-used care for veterans who had served in the U.S. military.
In recent years, the number of veterans seeking care at VA facilities has increased, as have the number seeking treatment at private clinics, Gurgett said.
VA has not reported the number who are eligible, but it has reported a steady increase in the number applying for care.
One reason the VA has a high rate of VA care for PTSD is because of its role in managing the coronaviruses, said Dr.
“Dennis Bowers, a professor of infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Bowers said the VA is trying to create a centralized site for vets to apply for care, but that will require some work from the VA to make that happen.
He said veterans are reluctant to go through the VA for fear of contracting the deadly virus.
As the number and severity of coronavuses continues to increase, Geddet said, “it’s a very serious concern.”
The L.I.V.F.M.P. offers free consultations and referrals to veterans seeking help with their medical expenses, including medications, lab work and vision care.
The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Veterans can also schedule appointments at the LIFESTOP Clinic, located at 1123 E. 101st St., in the heart of Los Angeles.