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VA Expands Service by Opening 25 New Clinics

World-Class Health Care Brought Closer to More Veterans

WASHINGTON (June 23, 2006) - To provide world-class health care closer

to where more veterans live, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs today

announced plans to open 25 new community-based clinics in 17 states and

American Somoa.

"VA has established itself as one of the top health care organizations

in the country," said the Honorable R. James Nicholson, Secretary of

Veterans Affairs. "By putting health care facilities in more

communities, we're enhancing veterans' access to VA's world-class health

care."

With 156 hospitals and more than 700 community-based clinics, the

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates the largest integrated

health care system in the country. VA's health care budget of nearly

$30 billion this year will provide health care to about 5.4 million

people during nearly 600,000 hospitalizations and 55 million outpatient

visits.

"Community-based medicine enhances preventative care, allows for closer

doctor-patient relationships and makes it easier for follow-up for

people with chronic problems," said Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, VA's Under

Secretary for Health.

The new facilities, called community-based outpatient clinics, or CBOCs,

will start becoming operational this year. Local VA officials will keep

communities and their veterans informed of milestones in the creation of

the new CBOCs.

A list of the new community clinics follows:

VA's Proposed Sites for New Outpatient Clinics

Alabama -- Bessemer

American Samoa

Arizona - Miami-Globe, northwest Tucson, southeast Tucson

California - S. Orange County

Delaware - Dover

Georgia - Athens

Idaho - Canyon County

Iowa - Spirit Lake

Kentucky - Hazard, Florence

Minnesota - Bemidji

Nebraska -- Holdrege

Nevada -- Fallon

North Carolina - Franklin, Hamlet, Hickory

Ohio - Cambridge, Newark

Tennessee - Hamblen

Texas -- Conroe

Virginia - Lynchburg, Norfolk

Wisconsin - Rice

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This falls on the heel of the BRAC (base re-allignment) . . . are they going to be new clinics or will they use old bases for the clinics? Besides, the clinics aren't all that impressive, are they? you still have to go to a VAMC for anything more than a flu shot! ~Wings

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One of the few complaints I have with the VAMC's is that they cannot pay enough to attract doc's with a good command of the English Language. My hearing isn't good and I just can't understand most of the doc's I see.

I am on an annual basis with my VAMC so it is almost certain I won't see the same doc twice.

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Tell me about it-

I had to talk to a bunch of Brain Neuros in 1992 at the VAMC-

what a mess- they all had different accents and they all acted like they were the boss-

I had to ask them to spell some of the med terms they used-

and also how to spell their names.And ask which one was really running the show.

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I could not agree more about the need for good English speaking American Drs.

My husband's primary care dr. looks fresh out of med school, Indian origin, and could care less about the vets. She told him she was sick of vets coming there just trying to get money from the government. Well what does she think she did. She took money from the government to go to med school to get her education and she's just paying back her time there until it's up. He wants to switch and just last night again said something about this. He said he was going to patient advocate and complain about her and get another dr. but could get one just as bad or that she talks to about him. He knows she went to the podiatrist about his toe the other day when he went to get a shot for pain. She also right after the surgery said "he usually does good work", and now defends the dr.

Just Venting,

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I belive this quote says it all for me.

And it says a lot about the Honorable R. James Nicholson.

Can you guess what I mean?

"VA has established itself as one of the top health care organizations

in the country," said the Honorable R. James Nicholson, Secretary of

Veterans Affairs. "By putting health care facilities in more

communities, we're enhancing veterans' access to VA's world-class health

care."

sledge

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"One of the few complaints I have with the VAMC's is that they cannot pay enough to attract doc's with a good command of the English Language" Mine the same Moe, I was leaning over and concentrating so hard to understand him, he probably thought I was gonna kiss him! Probably should have, I would have got his attention. bill

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