Jump to content
  • veteranscrisisline-badge-chat-1.gif

  • Advertisemnt

  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims

    questions-001@3x.png

    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
    Continue Reading
     
  • Ads

  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   

    tinnitus-005.pngptsd-005.pnglumbosacral-005.pngscars-005.pnglimitation-flexion-knee-005.pngdiabetes-005.pnglimitation-motion-ankle-005.pngparalysis-005.pngdegenerative-arthitis-spine-005.pngtbi-traumatic-brain-injury-005.png

  • Advertisemnt

  • VA Watchdog

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

Sign in to follow this  
Berta

VA Privatization News

Recommended Posts

I have a suspicion that if the government supports private care there must be a considerable cost savings.  I hope the savings is not at our expense.  Every time the government changes the VA is seems I am worse off.  I am 100% vet, so my gripe with the VA is the fact they are usually behind current medical knowledge and treatment by 20 years.  My other problems is access since I must drive miles for care.  If the new VA was actually easier to access I would have fewer gripes.  I just don't trust these our VA masters.  We are usually the last priority for them.

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The way I look at it I wish we could go to a private Dr when the VA sets up 2  or 3 month appointment just to be seen and then another 2 or 3 months appointment to get any thing done   that's the way my VAMC Works  its a little better than it use to be ,..>6 months to a year to get an appointment,,,,I mean hell we could die before we get a chance to be seen from a qualified Doc.

It seems it just take them to long for the health care with the VA System!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Buck

         I tried to use the VA for evaluation and treatment of my sleep apnea.  The pulmonologist only has one appointment date a week and that only early in the morning.  I just can't get there that early.  The VA hospital in Tampa is huge.  They are telling me that they have only one pulmonologist available to serve a couple of hundred thousand vets?  it is the same with all the specialists.  You can't get to see one unless you are dying.  If I could use the VA private care service I would do it if they provided a better quality care that was close to my house.  I am not driving 20-30 miles to see a VA doctor when I can drive a couple of miles and use my own private doctor.  I have three hospitals and numerous doctors within five miles of my house.  

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, john999 said:

Buck

         I tried to use the VA for evaluation and treatment of my sleep apnea.  The pulmonologist only has one appointment date a week and that only early in the morning.  I just can't get there that early.  The VA hospital in Tampa is huge.  They are telling me that they have only one pulmonologist available to serve a couple of hundred thousand vets?  it is the same with all the specialists.  You can't get to see one unless you are dying.  If I could use the VA private care service I would do it if they provided a better quality care that was close to my house.  I am not driving 20-30 miles to see a VA doctor when I can drive a couple of miles and use my own private doctor.  I have three hospitals and numerous doctors within five miles of my house.  

 

John999,  they have me driving 6 hours round trip from outside of Tallahassee all the way to GAINESVILLE for appointments!! It is absolutely ludicrous.  I need to go to gait and balance which is weekly but it is in Gainesville, no way can I do that with all my disabilities.  Tallahassee is 30 miles from my house, that is bad enough but at least I understand that, there isn't much in my county really but there is an urgent care that I use for things because if I get sick I know if I go to the crappy little clinic in Tallahassee I will be sitting there all day long and half the time they don't even figure out what is wrong.  Last time, the doctor looked at me and asked me if I need to be on all this medication.  I looked at her and said, "Have you looked at my diagnostic page?"  "The Va has prescribed them to me, you tell me?"  Cripes shake my head absurd!!  Yeah,  6 hours round trip for OT as well!! Neurologist and so many other things.  Thankfully my neuro is a great doctor and he does a lot over secure messaging and on the phone, he only makes me go down once a year because he knows it is a serious hardship for me. 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

After using VA medical care for 23 years, I can definitely throw my support behind partial VA privatization.

Nothing changes your perspective like the VA scheduling you for surgery and it turns out to be unnecessary because they failed to read radiology reports or listen to the patient. This has happened to me more than once.

If veterans like getting their care at the VA and don't mind the long waits, let them. I don't mind visiting the VA PCP a couple of times a year for routine care.

However, veterans should have the ability to see a non-VA doctor of their choice, show their VA ID, and the VA cover costs of the treatment - all without excessive delays. I have found that the VA takes about three months to do what the private sector can in just a fraction of the time. My dependents can use CHAMPVA to see a doctor of their choice, when they want to, and get the treatment they need very quickly - all covered by the VA.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Our picks

  • Ads

  • Popular Contributors

  • Ad

  • Latest News
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines