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Health Care Rationing At The Va

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How many here believe the VA rations care? I believe they do based simply on cost.

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Health care at VA is rationed by cost and even more important access. Its hard to juggle cause VA health care is treatment by emergency most of the time.

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Absolutely. And then they boast about providing the best and/or most advanced care anywhere.

Here are a couple of examples:

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They keep certain medications off of their formulary and only offer cheap and less effective alternatives. (celebrex or bextra)

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Limiting the number of medication pills available per month (levitra).

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They offer older surgery options instead of more effective options like laparoscopic robot surgery (DaVinci robot).

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Providing eyeglasses, but not offering laser eye-correction surgery. (actually, I don't think I would want the VA doing that to me anyway)

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PCP doctor refers Veteran to another clinic. The other clinic then cancels the appointment and refers Veteran back to PCP doctor.

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I got signed up for a "pain class" by the pain clinic which is Charlie Team. I got sent to Charlie by my PCP which is Alpha Team. Now to change appointment with Pain Class I have to call Delta Team. I told them to forget it. I got social worker to provide a PT guy and they wanted to charge my medicare. I get 12 visits from the PT guy and that's it. The pain clinic has been telling me for years I need PT, so 12 visits will fix me I guess. I need 1200 visits. The PT guy told me to buy a stationary bike. Should not the VA provide that? I am 100% and HB. What do they want from me? What do I need them for with all this great advice on how to spend my own money. The VA medical system is just a shadow and a sham. I could get better care at the local charity clinic except I make too much for them to treat me.

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1. cheap medications

2. out-dated surgical techniques

3. not ordering routine blood tests

4. not ordering MRI's

5. primary care appt's lasting 10-15 minutes

6, passing the veteran around like a football

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