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I saw my primary care doctor today at Temple Texas  Medical Center... .the nurse got into a conversation with me and my wife about the direction VA Health care appears to be taking.. In her opinion, based on all she has seen and talking to her Union.. VA seems to be setting itself up to go private... She said this has been in the works for some time.... and is based on cost and savings analysis .. Guess we have to wait and see.

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No question; it will be somehow partially or completely absorbed into Medicare. When the Vietnam -era veterans die off, say in 15-20 years, the fewer numbers of veterans will make it easier for the politicians to "save" money. The voting block of veterans will be under 1%, so they will eliminate veteran benefits. It's the easiest prediction a person can make. No brainer. They then have "more" money to buy votes with giveaways. They will then reinstate the draft, because fewer people will volunteer because they see how veterans are treated.

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Well I hope it don't happen in my life time  taking away our benefits would destroy 90% of the 1% of veterans that get benefits and keep their families  sheltered, clothed and fead,

 My VA  Check and wifes SS Check is all we got coming in and I imagine it is like that for most of  our nation's Veterans. that are past 65   even 55

now some choose to live outside the US  Like the Philippines and Malaysia  even Vietnam...they can live like Kings in those countries  but without their benefits coming in that would stop .

if they make the VA Private and we can choose the private Dr's for what ever reason and anywhere we choose maybe it could be a good thing?

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Buck the big problem with that is civilian medical people won't have the time or inclination to "learn" about the problems we have, especially associated or "secondary" issues. For example, say Vietnam veteran; he has diabetes. Is the doc going to be on the lookout for other presumptives not only associated with that disease, like neuropathy, but other A.O. issues not related like heart issues or cancers? It's the same problem with Gilf War syndrome and Burn Pit diseases. It is too high a hill for many docs to climb. Too much work to put in for too few of a customer base. Too much of a learning curve. IMO the VA Medical side is way ahead of the civilian side in this area. Especially in the diagnosis and initial care. Maybe follow-up treatment is often lacking, but they are more likely to discover other issues up front. Of course I am only talking about the Health side, not benefits. That is a different cat all together. If they eliminate VA health care, they will be throwing out the baby with the bath water. Again, IMO.

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I don't think we need to worry about the compensation part for a while, at least not until SS goes belly up.

I do worry about VA health care becoming privatized, I can see them performing unnecessary test and procedures to be able to bill the government more.

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