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Old 07-05-2016, 01:54 PM
 
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I retired in Oct 2015 after 7 yeard Active Duty and 26 years Reserve. Since then I've ben using the VA Healthcare facility in Miami and I could not be more pleased with the care I receive, the professionalism of the employees, and the integrated healthcare mgt systems they use. I am so, so, so happy with the VA. True, I don't get served a cappcino at the VA like my civilian Doctors used to, but the quality of care, timliness, honestly I've experienced far exceeds the care I used to receive in the private sector. For 15 years, while I was in the reserve, I worked as a federeal employee and used my civilian high-quality health insurance for several medical issues, but I am so much more happy with the care I receive at the VA.

As to attitudes....the attitudes, immaturity, inefficiency, and stupidity I experienced at private provider offices was far greater than anything I've seen at the VA. Most of the employees at the VA are either professional providers or vets, so bottom line is if you give a little respect, you get back much more in return.
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Old 07-05-2016, 03:19 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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My PC just called me at home to discuss the last set of tests I had done at the VA. We talked about what was needed to be done and what I could expect in the next few months. She asked me if I had an Advance Directive and told me I could get one at the VA if I wanted one. She ended by thanking me for my service. I said, "Thank you for being there for us."

YMMV
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Old 07-09-2016, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Southern California native, last 20 yrs in Milwaukee Wisc.
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My dad was treated quite well by the VA in southern California, and I get rather good care and good people when I use the one here in Milwaukee. In Milwaukee may be a bit luckier than most because there is a very good teaching hospital (Medical College of Wisconsin) just a few miles from the VA, and a number of the specialists and surgeons from there moonlight and/or do residencies here. They may only be here one day a week, or once every two weeks, but they are good and it doesn't seem terribly hard to get appointments with them.
Great physical therapy dept. here also.

I am a fairly low priority (6 or 7), non-combat army vet, but get treated well and in timely manner generally.
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Old 07-09-2016, 06:35 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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The larger VA facility are often linked to medical schools. IU's med school shares a fence with the VA in Indianapolis. Saint Louis U. is a few blocks from the John Cochran facility.
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Old 07-09-2016, 08:01 PM
 
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I'm enrolled at the dreaded Phoenix VA and have nothing but good things to say about them!

I spoke to a medical assistant about this at a recent visit. He said that most people there are happy with their care, but that the very few people that aren't tend to make a big stink about it. Then, the media picks it up and basically creates a story surrounding what happened (whether or not the story is actually true).

I'm inclined to agree with his assessment of the situation. Many of the vets that I know that use this VA (especially the younger ones that understand how to use myhealthevet) agree.

And we do know how the mass media loves to create stories out of thin air. But that's a topic for another thread.
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Old 07-10-2016, 05:37 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I'm enrolled at the dreaded Phoenix VA and have nothing but good things to say about them!

I spoke to a medical assistant about this at a recent visit. He said that most people there are happy with their care, but that the very few people that aren't tend to make a big stink about it. Then, the media picks it up and basically creates a story surrounding what happened (whether or not the story is actually true).

I'm inclined to agree with his assessment of the situation. Many of the vets that I know that use this VA (especially the younger ones that understand how to use myhealthevet) agree.

And we do know how the mass media loves to create stories out of thin air. But that's a topic for another thread.
I call it "the media bloom" (similar to an algae bloom.)
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Old 07-10-2016, 05:57 AM
 
Location: sumter
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Some are better or worse than others, the one in Columbia, SC is not all that good or efficient in my opinion. They are not equipped to handle the amount of people that goes through there each day. The parking situation is a nightmare, you will be late for your appointment just trying to find a place to park. You can get there an hour early or more and you will still have to drive around a long time looking for a space or for someone to pull out, even the overflow parking area is full most of the time.
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Old 07-10-2016, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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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.
I agree. Although the quality of medical care available to my wife in Houston is excellent, the VA medical center downtown, where she has major medical procedures done, is a 1 1/2 hour drive from our house in the suburbs. Fortunately they have opened a satellite clinic but even that is 30 minutes away and they can only handle minor medical issues.

When she had an emergency and had to go to the emergency room, we had a lot of trouble getting the VA to pay for the ambulance and ER visit, despite repeated assurances that they would. The problem occurred in the middle of the night when the VA clinic was unable to help her, and they still gave her a hassle about paying the $1200 bill. She ultimately got them to pay it, but it took a lot of patience and persistence.
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Old 07-10-2016, 03:26 PM
 
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I agree. Although the quality of medical care available to my wife in Houston is excellent, the VA medical center downtown, where she has major medical procedures done, is a 1 1/2 hour drive from our house in the suburbs. Fortunately they have opened a satellite clinic but even that is 30 minutes away and they can only handle minor medical issues.

When she had an emergency and had to go to the emergency room, we had a lot of trouble getting the VA to pay for the ambulance and ER visit, despite repeated assurances that they would. The problem occurred in the middle of the night when the VA clinic was unable to help her, and they still gave her a hassle about paying the $1200 bill. She ultimately got them to pay it, but it took a lot of patience and persistence.
That's pretty typical when dealing with the federal government.

As a recently separated vet, I expect absolutely nothing to come easily. When it does, I'm pleasantly surprised, but I expect things to go wrong.
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Old 07-10-2016, 04:34 PM
 
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My opinion: Private hospitals are better than VA hospitals. My dad got his care through the VA and my mom got hers through Medicare (plus supplemental insurance) at a private hospital. She got much better care than he did. She had congestive heart failure and the private hospitals admitted her many times to stabilize her and get her back to her baseline.


Meanwhile, my dad's prostate cancer had returned. He was never much of a complainer so part of the problem was probably that he didn't INSIST that they listen to him. But he went to the ER many times complaining of back pain and they would tell him it was nothing and send him home. The last time was only a couple of weeks before he died. A week before he died they finally did a bone scan and found that his prostate cancer had not only returned, but had metastasized to practically every bone in his body. He had to be in tremendous pain. On his last ER visit we specifically ASKED the ER doctor if his back pain could mean that his prostate cancer had returned/spread and she assured us that that was not the case.


Every time I went to the VA with him, it was just sad. Long waits and so many veterans in such poor health and not really being treated with the respect they deserved, in my opinion. It really depressed me to go there with him, but I went. I really wish he hadn't used the VA but had just used Medicare and private hospital like my mom. I'm not sure if veterans have that option or whether they are required to get their care through the VA.
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