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Hospital looks to help vets

Riverside County Regional Medical Center is promising to provide quick treatment for veterans who cannot get help from hospitals in the Veterans Administration system.

The medical center, which is not part of the VA system, is assuring veterans of treatment for basic healthcare within 24 hours regardless of whether they have insurance, according to a report in The Press-Enterprise.

Lowell Johnson, the medical center’s interim chief executive officer, said the facility will seek reimbursement from the VA but it’s not clear whether it will be successful, or how it will pay for treatment of veterans who aren’t insured.

Riverside County Regional, which has set up a hotline for veterans seeking treatment, receives money from the county and the state to provide medical care to indigents, according to the report.

The 439-bed facility in Moreno Valley is the only medical facility of its kind run by the county. It serves everyone regardless of their ability to pay and is considered a backstop within the county’s healthcare system, according to the report.

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