Can anybody tell me if this qualifies a Veteran to be able to use the VA's CHOICE program...
The VA has refused Cervical Spine surgery on me THREE TIMES. So I decided to finally get away from the VA and go see an orthopedic surgeon in my area. I just recently had a new MRI and the results are now showing I have Cervical Myelopathy at TWO levels. I go this Wednesday (Tomorrow) for the follow up MRI to see what the treatment plan is. I hope its surgery because I am tired of all this pain and not having a life.
Since the VA Neurosurgeon has refused me three times for surgery and with the NEW MRI evidence and maybe the Orthopedic Surgeon will say surgery is the only treatment, would this qualify for the VA to pay for this surgery through the VAs CHOICE program? This surgeon is already in the VA Choice Program provider list, I just looked. Remember the VA Neurosurgeon REFUSED to do the surgery not once but THREE separate times. Keep in mind the VA Bay Pines in St Pete NOR James A. Haley has a Neurosurgeon on staff and uses a consultant to make decision if surgery is necessary and if he says yes the VA sends you out to the cheapest doctor in town. After my uncle inlaw just went through this a little over a year ago the cheap surgeon cause paralysis in his left arm I said NOPE, not going there.
My IMO with a Psychologist Dr Bash recommended took 4 months to write an adequate IMO. When I called Dr Bash initially, He called me back personally. I would give the benefit of the doubt, God forbid if he was in the hospital himself et al. I found him to be reputable.
Thanks all- I already get the (Texas) tax break on my home , car registration and I utilized Voc Rehab for my degree,I already had Tricare and commissary privileges since I did 22 years in the Navy(1975-2997) ... et al. I am single, so time to relax! I will know about the P & T when I get the packet - I did put i a request and asked for it. I am 59 so and I have a 70% rate just the PTSD with an IMO in place that helped a lot, I thought the $2,000 spent on the IMO was worth it and it was. Now time to pay it forward and volunteer. Blessed Thankful Grateful.