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V.A. is there a Va hospital in panama?

I am a vetern,I get my health care from them,?????? What information do you have on this?

SCOTNEY yes there is in Panama City. Its at the Hospital National and its 1st class. Problem you need to be either on FMP or service related disability. Also, they can't access your records from here. If u need to get FMP I have the name of the gentleman at the VFW in PC to assist you. I'm going thru the same thing right now.

Good luck.
Jim

The VA system in Panama isnt very good, my father is a veteran and we lived in panama for six years. During those six years he never got the attention he needed.

Hi Jim:
I would really appreciate the name of the gentleman at the VFW in PC that can assist me with getting setup with FMP for veteran befefit coverage at the Hospital National in Panama City.

All the best,
Ken

I would like any info. on the FMP also on the  VA health care in the states.

So if anyone has info. Please post.

You have to have Tri Care to get it here in Panama. I don't know what FMP is. The VA care in South Florida is excellent. I've been using it for almost 20 years now. At my age we get free meds sent to my door and free checkups yearly with all necessary tests included.

I wouldn't get any insurance at my age now bcoz the VA has all that I need.

Good luck

Jim

Hi Jim
I would really like to know a contact at the VFW please.
Can you tell me what TriCsre its.
Thanks
Richard
Rlmehrer /!\ I AM A STUPID SPAMMER /!\

I'm not sure if my post went.  I'm a veteran moving from NY to Panama. (planning stage)  I.  46, retired and waiting on my disability and about 100k in backpack. I've done research and decided Panama is the place to go.
BUT I NEEEEED HEALTHCARE.  I currently have VA Healthcare.  Is there anything special I need to obtain VA Healthcare in Panama?
Are there chat forums with Americans that are already in Panama that would like to help.
Thanks all,
Donnie
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You are going to need Tri-Care here in Panama.

Jim,
What is FMP?

The Foreign Medical Program (FMP) is a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care benefits program for Veterans with VA rated service-connected conditions that are residing or traveling abroad. Under FMP, VA assumes payment responsibility for certain necessary health care services associated with the treatment of service-connected conditions, disabilities associated with and held to be aggravating a service-connected condition, and care for Veterans participating in a rehabilitation program under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 31.

Here's a link to the VA site explaining the FMP program, FAQs, and enrollment information.

http://www.va.gov/PURCHASEDCARE/programs/veterans/fmp/

There are no VA Hospitals in Panama (duh), but this is a reimbursement program as Invader609 states for medical costs incurred by non-U.S. resident citizens in connection with service-related conditions and disabilities only

Thinking of moving to Panama as well in a year year in a half time and 100% disabled I need VA access any information about this process can you email me at xxx

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Read the previous post!!

If you read the previous posts, you will have your answers.  :cool:   :dumbom:

Thank you.

There is NO VA coverage or hospitals in Panama. There is an organization that has been trying to get the VA to work with them, but that has been going on for more than 5 years and so far nothing. I do get my prescriptions through the VA by mail. However, I have to go back to the U.S. annually to have a physical and renew my prescriptions. Do not let anyone tell you that they will cover you with the VA, there is NO VA coverage in Panama, that is a pure scam.

Sunnymikkel :

There is NO VA coverage or hospitals in Panama. There is an organization that has been trying to get the VA to work with them, but that has been going on for more than 5 years and so far nothing. I do get my prescriptions through the VA by mail. However, I have to go back to the U.S. annually to have a physical and renew my prescriptions. Do not let anyone tell you that they will cover you with the VA, there is NO VA coverage in Panama, that is a pure scam.

Of course, if the poster's disability is service related and his participation in the program has been approved following the application process with the VA (link posted above several times) he may be reimbursed for certain medical costs incurred in Panama, but as you confirm there is no direct insurance coverage in the sense that the VA deals directly with the healthcare providers.

Thanks

Sir, there is a state of the art Hospital in Panama City dedicated to U.S. veterans.  It is not owned, run, or operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but it is approved and rated superior by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The millions of dollars in funds to build the hospital was donated by the owner of Home Depot and several other wealthy veterans and organizations.  There is a V.A. Representative in David who can give you all the details along with all the other veterans benefits available if you would like to contact him and get the official and up to date information.

strkerinpanama :

Sir, there is a state of the art Hospital in Panama City dedicated to U.S. veterans.  It is not owned, run, or operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but it is approved and rated superior by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The millions of dollars in funds to build the hospital was donated by the owner of Home Depot and several other wealthy veterans and organizations.

What's the name of this hospital to which you refer?  Where is it located?

You should get all additional information concerning V.A. benefits in Panama from the V.A. Representative from this point forward.  That way you will know it is correct and up to date.  I am new to this country and have been here less than two years and was given a lot of incorrect information about medical services and V.A. benefits before I came by people who simply do not know the facts.  There are many expats here and all are very eager to give you information based only on their individual experiences.  You can contact the V.A. Representative at:  xxx for valid and up to-date information concerning V.A. benefits in Panama.

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strkerinpanama :

You should get all additional information concerning V.A. benefits in Panama from the V.A. Representative from this point forward.  That way you will know it is correct and up to date.  I am new to this country and have been here less than two years and was given a lot of incorrect information about medical services and V.A. benefits before I came by people who simply do not know the facts.  There are many expats here and all are very eager to give you information based only on their individual experiences.  You can contact the V.A. Representative at:  xxx for valid and up to-date information concerning V.A. benefits in Panama.

That's what I thought!  Some expat is working an angle.   Like an official V.A. rep would use hotmail.

Good luck with your plans to come to Panama.  It is a wonderful place.

I am moving to Panama next month. I am looking for info about VA care availability there. I am service connected disabled and require monthly meds. Would appreciate any advise and/or contact info anyone might have.

Kandymill :

I am moving to Panama next month. I am looking for info about VA care availability there. I am service connected disabled and require monthly meds. Would appreciate any advise and/or contact info anyone might have.

Read Post #12 above for enrollment and other information.

I am 100% disabled Viet Nam veteran. Are there any other places in Panama where I can be treated for my diabetes, dialysis, and more?

rojo9314 :

I am 100% disabled Viet Nam veteran. Are there any other places in Panama where I can be treated for my diabetes, dialysis, and more?

There are plenty of hospitals and clinics in Panama that I am certain could treat you for your medical needs, but your status as a U.S. veteran does not provide you any benefits in Panama, such as free medical care or reimbursement by the U.S. government for your out-of-pocket medical expense.  The only exception I know of is acceptance by the VA in the U.S. for participation in the program linked multiple times already in this thread - a program that may permit reimbursement to you for medical expenses incurred outside the U.S. for treatment associated with service related disability.  Again, this is a U.S. program you apply for if your disability is service related.  I hope this helps.

Hi, I´m new here, just landed on this page pretty much by accident. As you, I am a vet living in Panama and haven`t "enjoyed" ANY VA benefits whatsoever. I heard on TVN news that there´s an association of sorts formed by U.S. Vets who help other vets with the VA but I couldn´t quite catch who they are or how to contact them. Also, in your answer to Jim you state that you have the name, and maybe contact info?, of a person who can help with FM. Can you help me with this?

Thanks!!

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