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Defense Base Act Medical: Does In-Theater Medical Treatment Count As My Free-Choice of Physician?

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Many of you realize that my law firm is the largest DBA law firm on the west coast that represents DBA workers. Because of this, we are often asked questions about the Defense Base Act. In my last post I mentioned that a doctor and his assistant that have a lot of DBA patients had called me and asked some really good questions.  This is a follow-up to that post. I figure that many of you might have the same or similar  questions.


Does treatment received in Afghanistan or Iraq mean the patient has made their free choice of physician?

Under the Defense Base Act you have a free choice of physician. In many instances you will have received medical treatment in-theater. And you may have been sent to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center ( a military hospital in Germany that is the largest military hospital outside the United States).

When you receive in-theater treatment or overseas treatment - such as Landstuhl Regional Medical Center; this is not considered as you having made a free choice of physician under the Defense Base Act.

This makes sense if you think about. No one makes a “free choice” to be treated in theater or at Landstuhl. You are treated there as a matter of necessity - not by choice.

Thus, when you return to the States or to your home (this can be anywhere in the world); then you need to make your free choice of physician as I laid it out in my last post.

If you more questions and concerns regarding your medical care under the Defense Base Act - be sure to check back with me soon. I will be responding to more of the questions raised by the doctor and his assistant when they called me.  I would also like to thank them for their call - - it raised some really good questions that many of you probably have also.  It's good to know that folks like them are out there - doctors that really care about what is best for their patients.

Hang in there. 

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