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Billings VA has no date for a come of dental services



The Veterans Affairs dental clinic in Billings has been shut since January. 20, and officers there do not know howeveronce it'll open up

Since Gregorian calendar month, patients in want of general attention are said VA clinics in Fort Harrison; Sheridan, Wyoming; and metropolis, Washington.

Patients in want of additional serious attention, like root canals, infections or abscesses, "that care is being purchased for eligible veterans within the community through non-VA care," aforesaid electro-acoustic transducer Garcia, public affairs officer for the MT VA Health Care System.

Officials have declined to treat the explanation for the dental clinic's closure. 

"In accordance with VA policy, we tend to don't discuss any personnel action associated with one in every of our staff," Garcia aforesaid in associate degree email. 

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The VA employs a tooth doctor UN agency works within the clinic and he hasn't seen patients since January. 20. Garcia aforesaid he did not understand once patient care at the dental clinic would start once more

"There is not any specific date set on once dental services can resume at the Billings VA clinic," he aforesaid by email. But, he added, "Montana VA’s senior leaders square measure operating diligently to make sure they are doing thusas shortly as doable."

A few native dentists have aforesaid they've detected grumblings regarding veterans being asked to travel out of cityfor routine attention

Garcia aforesaid the VA has worked to attenuate those travel distances as best it will. Patients on the western aspectof the state square measure being said metropolis, Washington. Those living in central MT square measure directed to Fort Harrison. Veterans living on the japanese aspect of the state square measure said Sheridan, Wyoming.

"I will assure you that eligible Veterans requiring dental services within the Billings space can still receive that care through another VA facility or through a community supplier," he said.

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