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 https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/emergency_care.asp