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VA Representatives Discuss Health Care With Local Vets Submitted: 11/14/2012
RHINELANDER - Taking care of our veterans will always be an important issue.

But its become increasingly more difficult for VA hospitals and clinics to provide care to rural veterans.

That's why Mary Kay Campbell met with local veteran's in Rhinelander Wednesday.

The goal is to find what areas the V-A clinics do well and what they can improve on.

"The specialty services are what they have to really go to the urban areas for," Campbell said.

"Cardiology, for orthopedics, that sort of thing. The main focus really has become telehealth where they can go to their local clinic like Rhinelander and they can talk over a video conference with their physician."

Travel time and weather can hamper access to care.

Campbell discussed options with veterans and hopes to take what she's learned and move forward.

"We'll develop a strategic plan for rural health," Campbell said.

"We'll say, okay, here are the number one issues that have come out from meeting with veteran's and meeting with the clinic staff as well. Do we need address transportation, do we need to address the type of services that we provide, where do we need to increase the Telehealth services, that sort of thing."

Veterans who want more information can contact the Oneida County Veteran's Service center at 715-369-6127.



Story By: Matt Doyle

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