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Clarification On Fee Basis Care?


Cruinthe

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I have been requesting a CT colonoscope from my VA doctor for about 9 months now. I finally had to go to a real non-VA doctor for a consult, and my VA doctor relented and gave me the CT. Sure enough, I have diverticulitis, but I suspect more is wrong with me because I have significant pain in my lower abdominal area.

Also, I have been requesting to see an endocrinologist for at least a year, my VA doctor simply refuses to authorize the consult. Self monitoring of my blood sugar tends to indicate I have at the very least Impaired Glucose Tolerance, and perhaps full blown diabetes.

At this point, I fear for my life at the hands of the penny-pinching VA. I will be going to my senators office on Monday to file a request for full, 100% Fee Basis care paid for by the VA. I plan to clarify to the senators office that in light of the recent sterilization problems the VA is having lately, and my personal history with the VA (e.g. Fox News) I should have full Fee Basis care. The VA is quite obviously not doing its job here.

I would appreciate any input, and I will keep everyone informed of my progress.

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Cruinthe - I can't believe you've waited this long. I'd do it privately and worry about paying for it later!! It's your life!!!!! You know the VA doesn't care about us! They'd rather we die. Most hospitals will adjust your fees according to your income, if requested. Get 'r' done!!!!!!!!!!!! jmo

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The baseline criteria for Diabetes per ADA is 126.

http://professional.diabetes.org/disease_backgrounder.aspx?typ=6&mid=251

The BEST way of testing for diabetes is via a HBIAC test.

The reason my husband is dead is because VA failed to properly diagnose and treat his AO DMII and AO heart disease from the AO DMII.

They had plenty of opportunities to do that particularly when he suffered a major stroke and was hospitalized for it.That too was due to AO DMII.

When I sued them for wrongful death, I found by extensive research that his diabetes was clinically evident by numerous types of blood tests such as creatinine levels etc, (I did not focus sole on the glucose readings),an MRI narrative, his VA dental records,EKGs and ECHO,his autopsy and countless other clinical documented manifestations that showed he had diabetes and reslting complications ( IHD) that VA failed to diagnose and treat and also covered up malpractice from the original VAMC that treated him.

After a long ordeal they admitted to causing his death.Malpractice and even a VA cover up always has a paper trail.

The only medical entry even close to suggesting diabetes was a "cf diag"after a doctor had done a brief glucose self monitor test on him. The doctor told him that he suspected diabetes and they would further test for it. They never did.

This doctor provided me with a brief email IMO many years later after he had left the VA that was supported by 2 IMOs from a NeuroRadiologist.

My original 1151 and FTCA claims did not mention misdiagnosed diabetes at all.

I could not FTCA them or 1151 them again for the same death.I re- opened on basis that he had DMII from AO which they failed to diagnose and treat. I succeeded last year and the EED was 14 years ago.

PLEASE get your glucose checked out by a real doctor.

Diabetes doesn't kill anyone at all.

Its complications do.

It can cause heart disease, HBP, strokes, skin and foot problems that can become VERY serious, peripheral neutropathy, cataracts from atherosclerosis and many other things.

Somewhere here is the VA diabetes training letter.

That letter (which I used as evidence for my claim) gave me the keys to understanding some of the unusual entrees in my husbands clinical records.Entries which appeared on the surface to be nimportant and then later proved to me how they caused his death.

If you are taking self monitoring readings, bring them with you when you see a real endocrinologist.Diabetes and its early onset with impaired glucose can be treated and the treatment early on can save lives.

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Thanks for the support, everyone. I admit I am a bit freaked out because of the pain, thats what forced me to go to the non-VA gastro specialist. As far as DMII, I did attend the diabetes class at the VA, and my blood sugar showed I was *one* point away from a diagnosis of diabetes. Berta brings up an excellent point about hidden evidence in my progress notes. I will be calling my lawyer on Monday and my IMO doctor this weekend, I checked the symptoms of diverticulitis and I seem to be in the "severe" category. I have had enough of begging my doctor for treatments that I should have had last year. I will put together my letter to the senator today, and I hope to have full Fee Basis care by August.

By the way, does anyone have FULL Fee Basis care, as opposed to partial or limited?

Thanks again!

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"Sure enough, I have diverticulitis, but I suspect more is wrong with me because I have significant pain in my lower abdominal area."

I suffer from diverticulitis and let me ASSURE you, you will have, if the diverticulitis is not completely controlled with a highly restrictive diet and with the appropriate anti-biotics/anti-fungal regimen, YOU WILL HAVE PAIN. It can be excrutiating, debillitating pain.......like someone took a K-bar and stuck it just above your pubic bone as far as they could and then gave it a good twist.

Welcome to the world of diverticulitis.

Follow your diet restrictions, that's the only way you are going to be able to keep from wearing a plastic bag strapped to your leg...................... :wacko:

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I will be going on a diet in the next few days, and I have already started taking heavy fiber supplementation, something called "Colonix" intestinal tract, parasite and toxin cleanse system. Overall I think its time I took my health seriously as well. I am only 41 and I have this digestive disorder and diabetes, play time is over.

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