AUSTIN (June 17, 2014) The Texas Medical Association is launching a registry of private physicians across the state who are willing to see veterans in their offices.
The TMA will share the registry with community groups that work with veterans as well as with medical directors of the VA facilities in the state.
A proposed U.S. Senate bill would authorize the VA to lease 26 new health facilities in 18 states, including community-based outpatient clinics in Tyler and Lubbock and would allow veterans who experience long waits for VA appointments or who live at least 40 miles from a VA hospital or clinic to use private doctors enrolled as providers for Medicare or other government programs.
"America's veterans need health care, so TMA wants to create a system to connect them with Texas physicians who want to help," said Austin I. King, MD, TMA's president, who already has enrolled to care for veterans.
"I'm saddened that our veterans have been forced to wait for the health care they need and deserve. So until the VA can solve this problem, I, like many other Texas physicians, want to help care for them."