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6 minutes ago, broncovet said:

There is "already" something suspicious.  The VA is apparnetly proposing a 30 minute or 60 minute "average drive time".  What gives here??  Is the VA trying to tell us how much time we must spend driving to the VA???  Good grief.  In LA, it probably takes an hour or more to go 15 miles, in traffic, while in Wyoming or Kansas, Vets may well make 75 miles in an hours time.  

And, these "average drive times" are, well, "made up".  Im sure they did not really "average out" Vets drive time, but rather guessed.  It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out 60 minutes is a guess.  If they measured it, and averged it, it would probably be 59.87 minutes or 60.23 minutes..that I may buy.  But an "average" of 60 minutes means they did not measure it, they guessed.  

Im not sure why it matters how long it takes for us to drive to the doc.  Well, except for, as someone said, trying to "weave in" restrictions and making simple stuff complicated.  

It reminds me of the VA seperating the caregiver act..into "post 911" eligible, and "pre 911" not eligible.  What genius VA exec devised this regulation to shaft Viet nam ERA and WW2 era Vets, favoing new Vets.  

So, do they plan on shafting people who live far from a VAMC???  VA makes Vets supsicous the old fashioned way...they earned it by lying to us.  

This is exactly how I feel about this, I live 24 miles from my local clinic, it takes more than 30 minutes to get there but if you google it drive time always says 29 minutes or something a bit less so they will use that or some crap similar to deny veterans like me the 30 minute rule for that one........I definitely will take advantage of the 60 minute one because I get sent 5-6 hour round trips for all of my specialty care.  They wanted me to go to gait and balance once a week 3 hours away, I can't drive more than 30 minutes on  a good day, can't take the van and as a pre 9/11 veteran my spouse sure as heck can't afford to be taking time off work every week to bring to to that many appointments so often I go without care.  I also find it hysterical that MH is not a specialist???  Well played, well played.    I sure as heck hope they start giving caregiver stipends to the first round of those they are supposed to roll into the program, I will be the last to be included but that is fine with me.........older veterans getting screwed over and over is absolutely beyond reproach.  I was trying to work with adaptive sports, they referred me to all these organizations that receive grants from the VA, so I contacted the only one in Florida that helps with what I needed, guess what?  They only help post 9/11 veterans.  Seriously?  So, the Va is giving them grants but not all veterans can get help???  This has to stop.

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Since I have pretty good but expensive private insurance there is absolutely no incentive for me to have to hike 20 miles to my VAMC to get poor specialty care that I can get within 5 miles of my house.  The VA offers many programs that might help me but the drive through congestion and dangerous traffic makes it not worthwhile for me to attempt the hike.  Just driving to my local VAMC is the most dangerous thing I do these days.

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3 minutes ago, john999 said:

Since I have pretty good but expensive private insurance there is absolutely no incentive for me to have to hike 20 miles to my VAMC to get poor specialty care that I can get within 5 miles of my house.  The VA offers many programs that might help me but the drive through congestion and dangerous traffic makes it not worthwhile for me to attempt the hike.  Just driving to my local VAMC is the most dangerous thing I do these days.

I think many of us would choose to go elsewhere (I know I would and gladly pay a copay) if I had insurance, I can't even get anyone to see me here other than one walk in clinic for cash and that is only  because I know the NP who sees me. 

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15 hours ago, broncovet said:

Im not sure why it matters how long it takes for us to drive to the doc.  Well, except for, as someone said, trying to "weave in" restrictions and making simple stuff complicated.  

I assume the VA is trying to do whatever they can to keep veterans from receiving care elsewhere.

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14 hours ago, seminoles said:

I also find it hysterical that MH is not a specialist???  Well played, well played.

According to my private health insurance, MH is a specialist. When the VA tries to compare their services to the private sector, this shows they still do not have a clear understanding of how things work in the real world.

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