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Fee Basis Card?

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I have been a patient at the New Orleans Va off and on since 1972.However with the recent disater there is a chance that medical center will never reopen due to the excessive flooding.

I had my meds renewed by a out of town dr. to the Jackson ,Ms. Va.I telephoned that Va this morning asking for a fee basis card to a local Dr. The lady incharge said she was sending me a package to apply for same. My question, she said I must take it to a local Dr for them to fill out,is it hard to find someone who wants to deal with the beauracrats? If approved does this also include private hospital care should that become a factor?

I appreciate any advise on this matter from the been there done that folks.

If the lady that i talked too has the final say I feel very confindent i will be approved as when she asked how afar away i am (125 miles) ,she commented "sounds like you need it".

Jim Stokes

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It really depends on the doctor. I have had a horrible time finding doctors that will accept any form of government insurance, but others on hadit have said they have had no issues at all....IMO, it depends on where you live and what type of insurance the doctors normally accept (IE - a doctor who openly accepts medicare/tricare is more likely to accept your fee basis then one who refuses government insurance).

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Be very careful with Fee Basis as it is limited to 125 a month. Doctors with small practices may take it and actually Fee Basis pays quicker than the other stuff at VA. However its hard to get routine tests unless approved in advance.

You can mail the prescriptions in or fax them which should make it a little easier. Just make sure your Social is on it and you identify yourself as Fee Basis.

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