Table 142Department of Veterans Affairs health care expenditures and use, and persons treated, by selected characteristics: United States, selected fiscal years 1970–2004
[Data are compiled from patient records, enrollment information, and budgetary data by the Department of Veterans Affairs]
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1970 1980 1990 1995 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Health care expendituresAmount in millions
All expenditures1$1,689$ 5,981$11,500$16,126$19,327$21,316$23,003$25,647$28,346
Percent distribution
All services100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0
Inpatient hospital71.364.357.549.037.334.733.632.231.1
Outpatient care14.019.125.330.245.748.048.849.549.5
Nursing home care5.57.19.510.08.28.18.08.17.9
All other29.19.67.710.88.89.29.610.211.5
Health care useNumber in thousands
Inpatient hospital stays37871,2481,029879579584590588599
Outpatient visits7,31217,97122,60227,52738,37042,90146,05849,76053,745
Nursing home stays4475775799193879393
Inpatients5
Total- - -- - -598527417426436443457
Percent distribution
Total- - -- - -100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0
Veterans with service-connected disability- - -- - -38.939.334.434.635.236.236.5
Veterans without service-connected disability- - -- - -60.359.964.764.563.962.962.6
 Low income- - -- - -54.856.241.741.440.940.840.9
 Veterans receiving aid and attendance or housebound benefits or who are catastrophically disabled6- - -- - -- - -- - -16.015.713.613.512.9
 Veterans receiving medical care subject to copayments7- - -- - -2.82.85.26.07.78.08.7
 Other and unknown8- - -- - -2.70.91.81.41.70.60.0
Nonveterans- - -- - -0.80.80.90.90.90.80.9
Outpatients5Number in thousands
Total- - -- - -2,5642,7903,6574,0724,4564,7154,894
Percent distribution
Total- - -- - -100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0
Veterans with service-connected disability- - -- - -38.337.530.730.029.530.330.8
Veterans without service-connected disability- - -- - -49.850.560.862.563.963.463.1
 Low income- - -- - -41.142.237.636.634.132.732.8
 Veterans receiving aid and attendance or housebound benefits or who are catastrophically disabled6- - -- - -- - -- - -3.83.73.33.43.4
 Veterans receiving medical care subject to copayments7- - -- - -3.64.215.419.923.626.126.9
 Other and unknown8- - -- - -5.14.14.02.32.91.10.0
Nonveterans- - -- - -11.812.08.57.56.66.36.1

- - - Data not available.

1

Health care expenditures exclude construction, medical administration, and miscellaneous operating expenses at Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters.

2

Includes miscellaneous benefits and services, contract hospitals, education and training, subsidies to state veterans hospitals, nursing homes and residential rehabilitation treatment programs (formerly domiciliaries), and the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

3

One-day dialysis patients were included in 1980. Interfacility transfers were included starting with 1990 data.

4

Includes Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home and residential rehabilitation treatment programs (formerly domiciliary) stays, and community nursing home care stays.

5

Individuals. The inpatient and outpatient totals are not additive because most inpatients are also treated as outpatients.

6

Includes veterans who are receiving aid and attendance or housebound benefit and veterans who have been determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be catastrophically disabled.

7

Includes financial means-tested veterans who receive medical care subject to copayments according to income level.

8

Includes prisoner of war, exposed to Agent Orange, and other. Prior to fiscal year 1994, veterans who reported exposure to Agent Orange were classified as exempt. Beginning in fiscal year 1994, those veterans reporting Agent Orange exposure but not treated for it were means tested and placed in the low income or other group depending on income.

NOTES: Figures may not add to totals due to rounding. In 1970, the fiscal year (FY) ended June 30; 1980 and later, the FY ended September 30. The veteran population was estimated at 25.2 million at the end of FY 2003, with 38% age 65 or over, compared with 11% in FY 1980. Seventeen percent had served during World War II, 14% during the Korean conflict, 33% during the Vietnam era, 15% during the Persian Gulf War, and 25% during peacetime. These percentages add to more than 100 due to veterans serving during more than one war. Beginning in FY 1995, categories for health care expenditures and health care use were revised. In FY 1999, a new priority system for reporting data was introduced and, starting with 1999 data, estimates reflect the new categories. Data for additional years are available. See Appendix III.

SOURCES: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health, National Patient Care Database, National Enrollment Database, budgetary data, and unpublished data. Veteran population estimates were provided by the VA's Office of the Actuary.

From: Trend Tables

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Health, United States, 2006: With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans.
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Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US); 2006 Nov.

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