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The Role of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Geriatric Care

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Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(11):896-900. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-115-11-896
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates the largest single health care system in the United States— the Veterans Health Administration. In 1990, its 172 medical centers, 126 nursing homes, 32 domiciliary care units, and 46 independent or satellite clinics and outreach clinics provided directly for 983 000 hospital admissions and 22.6 million outpatient visits (1). In its affiliations with more than 1000 schools for the health care professions, the VA provides experience within its medical centers to about 100 000 students and trainees annually. In fiscal year 1990, VA medical institutions employed almost 220 000 people, including 12 241


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