What is a federal/government hospital?
A federal/government hospital is a medical facility that the federal government runs. It can include hospitals operating under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), or the Indian Health Service (IHS).
The government operates around 200 hospitals in the United States.
Why are federal/government hospitals important for healthcare?
Federal/government hospitals offer healthcare services to specific patient populations, such as active military members. Additionally, these facilities often provide care for free or at a discount for the patients they serve.
Federal hospitals not only offer healthcare to specific populations but also improve overall health by helping these patients prevent other health conditions from occurring through early interventions.