Manila Outpatient Clinic
On March 18, 2016, VA issued an announcement indicating the VA Manila Outpatient Clinic would discontinue paying beneficiary travel effective April 11, 2016. Due to concerns raised following this announcement, VHA has determined that the VA Manila Outpatient Clinic will continue to provide beneficiary travel benefits as we work to identify a long-term resolution. We will continue to keep Veterans and other stakeholders informed.
The VA Outpatient Clinic in the Philippines is the only VA healthcare facility located in a foreign country and located on U.S. Embassy property. Only Veterans who have a service-connected disability of at least zero percent and registered with VA OPC are eligible for care and services.
VHA Directive 2012-019 and 38CFR17.35 provide the authority for delivery of certain outpatient health care services to U.S. Veterans residing or visiting in the Philippines. Service-connected U.S. Veterans who receive care through the OPC may be treated for their non-service connected disabilities within the available scope of services and resources of the OPC.
Inpatient and Non VA Care (NVC) outpatient care is limited to treatment of service-connected conditions and is provided through NVC arrangements with designated private health care providers in the community. All costs associated with treatment from an NVC provider or medical facility for non-service connected treatment are the responsibility of the Veteran.