January 1983

A Mobile Internal Medicine Clinic

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Ambulatory Care Division, Denver Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(1):97-99. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350010103018

• The Denver Veterans Administration Medical Center (DVAMC) established a mobile internal medicine clinic (MediVAn) to provide access to primary care for veterans living more than fifty miles from the center and to study the costs of such an outreach program. A fully equipped van staffed by an internist visited four Colorado cities weekly for scheduled appointments. In the first two years of operation there were 4,655 visits by 766 veterans with a mean age of 56 years, with 3.9 diagnoses, and receiving 3.0 medicines. The cost per MediVAn visit was $68, compared with $67 per outpatient visit at DVAMC. We conclude that a mobile medical clinic is a convenient method of delivering primary care over distances and is comparable in cost to outpatient hospital visits.

(Arch Intern Med 1983;143:97-99)