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National Center for Ethics in Health Care


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The National Center for Ethics in Health Care serves as VA's authoritative resource for addressing the complex ethical issues that arise in patient care, health care management, and research.

We provide information, education, and consultation and oversee nationwide programs and quality improvement projects to help health care practitioners and administrators to understand and apply health care ethics standards.

We also provide information to Veterans, patients, and their families to help them understand ethical issues that relate to their health care experience.

Where to go for help

If you aren't sure about the right thing to do, feel something isn't right, believe someone or yourself might have been hurt or treated unfairly you may have an ethics concern.

Who to contact

Health Care Ethics Contact:

Conflict over patient care choices and decisions

Compliance and Business Integrity Contact: 866-VHA-HELP

Misconduct, accountability, fraud, waste, and abuse

Government Ethics Contact:

Legal requirements governing VA employees


National Center for Ethics
in Health Care
Veterans Health Administration
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20420
Phone: (202) 632-8457
Fax: (202) 632-8456

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