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Does The Vamc Have A "30 Day Rule"?



Ok, as I stated before, I have been screaming bloody murder for the least year+ for a endocrinologist consult. The VA categorically refuses to let me see an endo doc. I have attended the DMII classes at the VA. On June 14th, 2010 I submitted a types, dated, and signed letter to my VA doctor officially requesting an endo consult. I have a video recording (with full audio) of myself handing that letter to the VA nurse, explaining its contents, and requesting that she forward it to my doctor. That was more than 30 days ago, and my doctor has not responded.

I will be seeing a non-VA endo doc in a few weeks, and if he diagnosis me with DMII, the cat will be out of the bag. I may win the FTCA lawsuit, but my health has taken a beating and I am completely sick of the run-around.

So for the record, does anyone know the regulations on how long a VA doctor can wait before he requests a follow-up consult, provided there is ample evidence of a problem?

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I am not aware of any regulations that makes a primary care doc "demand" a consult from any of the specialty clinics, you might do better to go to one of the patient advocates and ask why you can't get a referral to an endocrinologist has your doctor stated that he would not refer you?

The VA has been giving veterans the run around for decades when it comes to diagnosing problems they tend to ignore a lot of complaints that lead to diagnosis of cancers, and other intestinal problems unless they have a wound spouting blood, or a infected area of skin most of them do their best to ignore stuff, with that said there are also many primary care docs that take excellent care of their patients and have no problems making consults to specialty clinics I have always had excellent care at the Charlie Norwood VA in every clinic I am seen in mental health, primamry care and cardiac but back in 1997 I wouldn't have given you a nickle for the place a lot of time it is the management team running the facility that causes the problems I refuse to even go to Dorn VA which is less than 10 miles from my house I wouldn't let them treat my cats.....

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