KUSUM KUMAR, M.D.; DAVID A. NARDONE, M.D.; RICHARD DILBECK
To the editor: The article by Carey and Hadler (1) on medical disability determination was very informative. However, we would like to add that the federal government, under auspices of the Veterans Administration, also provides to eligible claimants disability benefits that are similar to those of the Social Security Administration.
During fiscal year 1984, the Department of Veterans Benefits awarded $13.9 billion to 2.9 million veterans with service-connected (compensation) and non-service-connected disabilities (pension). Many of these patients have similar problems regarding social, economic, and psychological issues of illness. The Veterans Administration system has uniform comprehensive guidelines for physicians (2); however,
KUMAR K, NARDONE DA, DILBECK R. Determination of Medical Disability. Ann Intern Med. ;105:292–293. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-2-292_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(2):292-293.
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