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I have never used VA health for anything except once for getting hearing aids. I was also placed in a very low catagory since I only had a 10% rating at the time.

I have since been increased to 80% due to IHD and DM2....I also have some further pending claims and one for TDIU. I am happy with my present Doctors. My outside care is also free due to having Medicare and Tricare for life so there is no financial consideration. I do not like dealing with the VA for anything that is not absolutely necessary. My question is.......should I start seeing the VA for my medical issues of IHD, DM2 and Neuropathy which is the basis for my TDIU claim? Do they hold it against you if you prefer other care??? Here in San Antonio, the VA is a nightmare, extremely overloaded with Vets as it is. They treat you more like herding animals and seem to resent you even being in the bldg. So why should I subject myself to that unless there is some major benefit for my open claims. Appreciate any opinions concerning this.

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Let them be upset! You need to keep yourself alive for as long as you can! I have VAHC and medicare. I use medicare for most of my stuff and pay out of pocket. I do use the VA for pills and some t

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Thanks to all so far for the advice. I guess my concern was more with them having info on my care. I didn't think about having my present docs keep the VA in the loop as far as info is concerned.

Yea, if they mess up TFL that will make a big difference, but right now they cover everything medicare doesn't cover so it makes everything free. I get all my Meds at a militlary base Pharm, so no cost there either. I will make it a point to go to VA though and get my status changed to reflect my new percentage and get my category changed.

Thanks for the feedback.

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I get good medical care from VA and yet it a procedure involves surgery I am going to get it outside of VA.

For the most part, I do the same. It also depends on who you have for your care provider. Nobody is perfect.

Our VAMC has several main care clinics. I used to go to a couple of different ones all the time, which were mainly staffed by resident docs from local universities. After numerous careless mistakes, I went to the patient representative. After about 10 visits, they moved me to a different clinic that had only staff physicians. There was a big difference, but even they screw up every now and then.

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How does the outside providers share your records with your VA PCP, thru the computer or do you take paper copies to your PCP?

Thank You.

GOD BLESS

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My VA does a very poor job of sharing records with outside providers. I think it is good to keep your foot in the door with the VA since it helps to document your disabilities. Free pills and documenting my disabilities is why I use the VA. I hate driving out there from my house. Using the VA has helped me get SC'ed for various conditions that might have been more difficult on the outside. If you have a good PCP then hang on to them if you can. A good PCP is the key to most other referrals at the VA.

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