(a) The head of a Department or Agency of the United States responsible for the furnishing
of hospital, medical, surgical or dental care and treatment (including prostheses
and medical appliances), or his designee, shall determine whether such hospital, medical,
surgical or dental care and treatment was or will be furnished for an injury or disease
caused under circumstances entitling the United States to recovery under the Act of
September 25, 1962 (Pub.L. 87–693); and, if it is so determined, shall, subject to the provisions of § 43.3, assert a claim against such third person for the reasonable value of such care and
treatment. The Department of Justice, or a Department or Agency responsible for the furnishing
of such care and treatment may request any other Department or Agency to investigate,
determine, or assert a claim under the regulations in this part.
(b) Each Department or Agency is authorized to implement the regulations in this part
to give full force and effect thereto.
(c) The provisions of the regulations in this part shall not apply with respect to hospital,
medical, surgical, or dental care and treatment (including prostheses and medical
appliances) furnished by the Veterans Administration to an eligible veteran for a
service-connected disability under the provisions of chapter 17 of title 38 of the
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