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Old 06-30-2016, 04:22 PM
 
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Birmingham, AL runs like a civilian hospital. Scheduling, follow up, knowledgable staff.
Dallas, TX was simply horrible.
OKC! OK have heard a lot of praise. We will see.
Nashville is eve better than Birmingham....been to both....but Nashville is pretty damn good!
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Old 07-02-2016, 05:14 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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If you're not on myhealth.va.gov yet you should check it out. You can check your appointments, order med refills, and they have a "secure messaging" system where you can email your providers. My wife can use this to show the civie ER what meds I'm on when I make a visit so they can restart my heart.
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Old 07-02-2016, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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If you're not on myhealth.va.gov yet you should check it out. You can check your appointments, order med refills, and they have a "secure messaging" system where you can email your providers. My wife can use this to show the civie ER what meds I'm on when I make a visit so they can restart my heart.
If you are on a list of meds, you should carry in your wallet a print-out list of medications and your ailments.
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Old 07-02-2016, 05:46 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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If you are on a list of meds, you should carry in your wallet a print-out list of medications and your ailments.
Yeah, I do, my own list including dosages, and times. But if I get hauled out of here in my pajamas Boss Lady doesn't have to worry about whether she has her copy with her or not.
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Old 07-02-2016, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Yeah, I do, my own list including dosages, and times. But if I get hauled out of here in my pajamas Boss Lady doesn't have to worry about whether she has her copy with her or not.
I think I would rather trust a paper in hand, instead of trying to get a computer, internet access and a website.


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Old 07-02-2016, 06:20 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I think I would rather trust a paper in hand, instead of trying to get a computer, internet access and a website.


Why? Hospitals have internet. My hospital of choice lets my wife access the information they need, it's easy. Most of the nurses know me by sight anyway.
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Old 07-02-2016, 06:34 AM
 
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I am very impressed with my VA here. The only issue is parking during the week.

Some docs offer Saturday appointments. I don't even have to take off of work.

It galls me that some think that you have to 'qualify' for healthcare by the VA.

Isn't enlisting, serving in whatever capacity, and seperating with an honorable discharge qualification enough?

And it really doesn't matter what you think anyway. Congress, thank goodness, disagrees with some of you.
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Old 07-02-2016, 07:02 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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We have valet parking at the John Cochran facility in St. Louis. No tipping allowed. (Business is run by a service-connected disabled veteran.) You can still park yourself in a lot across Grand Blvd., but I'd rather cross NoMan'sLand on a grumpy artillery day myself.
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Old 07-02-2016, 09:57 AM
 
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I have mixed feelings, there's good and bad everywhere. I do hate rude people in any customer service industry. Or maybe rude people in general.

I'll be using them eventually. I may move to NM.
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Old 07-04-2016, 10:45 PM
 
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Personally, I'd like to the see the VA turned into an insurance program veterans can take with them to the doctor or hospital of their choice instead of limited to only VA hospitals in their area, some of which offer facilities and quality of staff worse than charity hospitals. While the VA regularly begs for more and more funding, their upper levels of management continue to receive higher pay and bonuses regardless of controversy or quality of service to the system. It's a political tool run by tools.
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