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Old 01-25-2017, 05:54 AM
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Had an appointment with the VA nurse on MY so called team. It was supposed to be for blood draw and go over my meds and possible change some of them.
Just as I am going out the door the phone rings, I hear the message I was told that my phone appointment with the nurse is canceled. Go back inside and call them back found out the nurse was not going to be in today. Try to reschedule and am told mid April early 8:00 AM is the soonest I can get. If I want one for after I wake up I will have to wait till late may for a 10:00 AM appointment.

What a crock. I can under stand a nurse getting sick and not going to work but surely they have other nurses to fill in. Then to have to wait 90 days or more for a appointment at a decent hours for some one that has to drive 35 miles is also a bunch of crap.

Ok let the blood letting begin.
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Old 01-25-2017, 06:22 AM
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I went to the VA 15 years ago for cataract surgery. I was told it would be three years to get an appointment to see if I needed surgery. I haven't been back.
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Old 01-25-2017, 06:24 AM
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You want med advice?

Talk to a pharmacist, they are the ones that know about drugs. Sometimes if you have a good relationship with your corner drug store, just ask them if they will review your meds. A nurse will only be able to schedule when you need refills and such. They cannot prescribe or change meds/doses, that needs to be done by an Md. Don't get worked up over it or you will be on another pill. I'm FINNALY seeing an ORTHO (specialist) Dr in about an hour for an injury 11/2 16, & that is outside the VA. I've never really heard of any group being thrilled with their healthcare systems ANYWHERE.
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Old 01-25-2017, 08:08 AM
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A Funny Act: The V. A. provided A "Robocall" Yesterday (Tuesday Jan 24th) Evening at about 1700 local time to invite me to attend a "Diabetes Training session Scheduled fo r0800 Local time THAT Morning! Now I am 74 years old And do have type 2 diabetes so I Am NOT That Quick: I cannot Show up for an 0800 Training i am notified of at 1700 the Evening AFTER Closing!

Laughing at this Scheduling "problem",

Also, i have found my Local "Outpatient V.A. Does Take 'Walk In' patients, if you get there early enough in the work day.

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Old 01-25-2017, 08:34 AM
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Don't get your shorts in a knot. My primary care physician has appointments three months out also. This is medical care I pay for. My next appointment is in March for labs at 7am.
If something comes up where I need immediate medical help have to go to the emergency room or urgent care since my doc. can't schedule me in.
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Old 01-25-2017, 08:38 AM
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Maybe since the "Big O" is gone, some of the doctors who retired will come back into the mainstream. As to the VA.....................? Anyone speak English?
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Old 01-25-2017, 09:39 AM
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Talking Speakee engrish, dial 9.

I find the most problems getting past the front desk (NAZI) clerical worker, (one was my Md's MOM ) that knows more than ANY Md. Don't get me wrong a good one is worth their wt in gold & often determines how well your scheduled visits/tests may go. Often they affect your care more than the skill of the Md. Case in point my LONG awaited (from 11/3 16) ortho visit was today I had been in the office twice & on the phone with them at least twice making sure all the I's were dotted & T's crossed. I get there and am told I can't see the Md because I didn't have an X-ray, just a cat scan & they claimed I never gave them the disc. At this point I ask for my folder back with all the documents & cat scan disc I had given them earlier. Low and behold the cat scan disc (I never gave them) is right on top. Next they ask my primaries name, (which is Indian) & how to spell it, I replied "It's spelled just like it is on the business card I just handed you. Now to make an apt to see the primary md to get a script for an X_ray, then re-schedule an apt to see the ortho who now is gonna want an MRI before seeing me, then another imaging & re-scheduled ortho visit. With any luck I may die of old age or aggrevation before then. This is why my wife always comes along to drag me away before the cops show up. Sorry to hear the OP's appt was canceled & he was actually notified BEFORE going there.

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Old 01-25-2017, 09:47 AM
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I continuously hear about the bad experiences and agree they need to be cleaned up. Fortunately I've had other medical insurance since my discharge. I strongly support veterans being able to use non-VA medical facilities - probably on something like the medicare program. There are however a few VA facilities that may be better as last fall I spoke to a disabled vet in Pennsylvania who was in my high school class. He told me that, except for continuing delays related to Agent Orange exposure, he considered the VA medical support he is getting to be good.

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Old 01-25-2017, 01:27 PM
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don't get me wrong but as put the big O is gone , I am not a sponsor of the man in fact I am glad he did not run again some how , the VA don't get the money they need , also spend it on junk [ I think]
but if Congress needs more money an they look for places that can be cut of not given what they need ,
[ VA ] so blame the correct people not to say the BIG O did not do some of the same thing ,
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Old 01-25-2017, 03:57 PM
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"don't get me wrong but as put the big O is gone , I am not a sponsor of the man in fact I am glad he did not run again some how , the VA don't get the money they need , also spend it on junk [ I think]
but if Congress needs more money an they look for places that can be cut of not given what they need ,
[ VA ] so blame the correct people not to say the BIG O did not do some of the same thin"



I'm baffled what does this post say/mean?
this country spends more money every year in foreign aid than the VA gets to use. Vets come after.
It has been that way for many many many years all thru all GOP and DEM presidents.
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Old 01-25-2017, 05:36 PM
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If you deserve VA care for a problem you encountered while on "duty" you will be taken care of.

If you're a "wanted" who left the service by their own accord and had no "claim" then you deserve nothing.

I'll say it again, NOTHING!

Those who served for a career or have a PROVEN problem from service they noted at departure deserve tratment.

Those who "want" treatment" because their new career and job dropped their a$$ in later life deserve, nothing.

Maybe you should sell your 39 acre hunting place and pay your own way. How's that??!!
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Old 01-25-2017, 06:41 PM
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Old 01-26-2017, 03:34 AM
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"The Department of Veterans Affairs Act of 1988 (Pub.L. 100527) changed the former Veterans Administration, an independent government agency established in 1930, primarily at that time to see to needs of World War I, into a Cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs. It was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on October 25, 1988, but actually came into effect under the term of his successor, George H. W. Bush, on March 15, 1989."

Any one who served their time in the service of their country either due to the draft of volunteering, are entitled to veterans benefits under this act. Doesn't mater if your disabled as I am due to my service or if you left the service whole in one piece. As a vet your entitled to those benefits PEROID.

The change to the original VA law was signed into law by the great Ronald Reagan 1988.
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Old 01-26-2017, 05:28 AM
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My experience with the VA since retirement is somewhat limited. I've been to a couple (VA) places for a total of maybe 6 or 7 visits over the past 12 years. All of my appointments went OK.

Now on the other hand, try to reschedule an appointment with my dentist (not VA) for an annual check-up... "The soonest we can fit you in is 4 months (or more) from now".
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Old 01-28-2017, 12:06 PM
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I'm up here in Maine. Not overly populated. I've been going to VA since 1988 when I retired from the military. I've had better and more responsive care at VA than at the local hospital. My primary care and pharmacy is the VA. I've got no complaints.
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odd. I have nothing but praise for the VA.
never had an appt cnx'ed.
they kept my dad alive for 5 years after getting dementia. installed a lift, bed and o2 in moms home. free.
I get free hearing aid, batteries, had a free hernia operation, a free sisst operation on my skull, they fixed a fluttering heart, cured a bout with skin disease, reset a broken elbow, and still give me free shots as if I was still ACTDU.

GOD BLESS THE VA.
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