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VA telehealth options here to stay, secretary vows

July 3, 2021

From the Military Times website

Lt. Michael White, a nurse at Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s intensive care unit, talks to Tiffany Ingram, a nurse at Naval Medical Center San Diego, during a patient care meeting on June 5, 2019. (Jacob Sippel/Navy)

Telehealth and online medical appointments will remain a key part of veterans health care even after the pandemic disappears, the Veterans Affairs secretary promised on Wednesday.

But department officials may need Congress’ help to ensure that.

During an appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee, VA Secretary Denis McDonough noted that online video appointments between department physicians and patients are about 18 times higher now than at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020.

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