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VA San Diego Healthcare System


Emergency Care in Non-VA Facilities

(To potentially be eligible for Emergency Care in non-VA Facilities, you must be enrolled in the VA health care system)

If admitted to a non-VA hospital, you, a friend, or a family member must contact the closest VA medical center within 72 hours of your arrival at the non-VA facility.  If you refuse to be transferred to the closest VA Medical Center, the VA will not pay any further care.

For more information, please contact your nearest Health Benefits & Enrollment Office at (858) 552-7523 or visit