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Old 07-16-2016, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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Best thing to do is check with the Patient Advocate at the VA hospital to determine if you're eligible. If so you can apply after each visit. (Do they have the check-in machines there? If so, one of the options is to apply.)
Yes they have check in machines. Will check on it
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Old 07-16-2016, 12:18 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Yes they have check in machines. Will check on it
You can just apply at the check in machine. If it rejects you, then see the Paitent Advocate or the Eligibility Office to confirm that. No sense leaving money on the table.
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Old 07-16-2016, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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You can just apply at the check in machine. If it rejects you, then see the Paitent Advocate or the Eligibility Office to confirm that. No sense leaving money on the table.
Thank you. His next appt is July 28th and I will check it

If eligible how does it work?
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Old 07-16-2016, 01:14 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Thank you. His next appt is July 28th and I will check it

If eligible how does it work?
If you're receiving disability payments they'll send it to the same bank. Don't know otherwise.
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Old 07-16-2016, 01:48 PM
 
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Thank you. His next appt is July 28th and I will check it

If eligible how does it work?
Beneficiary Travel (BT) - Health Benefits

Google is a great resource.
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Old 07-16-2016, 02:11 PM
 
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I had my first official not dental VA appointment at the Phoenix VA this past week and had yet another great experience. I was there for a total of about 2.5 hours. I will list my experience point by point.

1) First, I easily found parking in the extensive parking garage. This seems to be a point of contention among Google reviewers. They sometimes spend an hour looking for parking. I simply followed the signs to the parking garage and had many open spots to choose from. Great parking experience!

2) I arrived almost an hour before my appointment so that I could set up my Healthevet premium account. I did research on this beforehand and had the necessary forms completed before I arrived. I was not sure where to go for this so I asked someone, who pointed me in the direction of the Healthevet office. I submitted my paperwork to them and the process was completed in way less time than I expected. Very convenient! I know have access to ALL of my records from every VA through this account. Fantastic (and better than many civilian locations)!

3) Because the Healthevet process went so quickly, I arrived for my initial primary care appointment 30 minutes early. I did not expect to be seen before my appointment (because that would defeat the purpose of an appointment) so I had planned to wait a while before being called back. To my great delight, I was called back 10 minutes before my scheduled appointment time.

4) Upon being called back, I met a very nice doctor who addressed all of my concerns. She spent a lot of time during the visit typing. However, because I know how much paperwork there is and how easy it can be to forget information about a patient, I was understanding of this. She placed referrals for more specialists than I had expected and filled all of my medications and then some. Another great experience!

5) Next, I went to pharmacy. I noted that there were people ahead of me and, therefore, I waited patiently for my number to be called. As my number was being called, I was cut in line by another veteran. This veteran was recently discharged from a non-VA hospital and had not been seen for this condition at the Phoenix VA. He brought no notes and was demanding pain medication (I know all of this because he was shouting). The woman at the pharmacy woman was courteous despite these unreasonable and rude demands and simply renewed his current medications and forwarded him to the patient advocate.

During this time, another veteran that was waiting with me was complaining about his long wait time for his "severe back pain". He stated that it took him months to get in and that his back really hurt. Once he got to the clinic, he was told that he was basically fine. He disagreed with this, despite the fact that he was standing up and literally running out to answer his phone. I've had herniated discs in the past and know severe back pain. And, let me tell you, if you have severe back pain, you're not running anywhere.

In conclusion, I learned more about the greatness of the VA system (and its free healthcare) and the massive entitlement among some veterans.
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Old 07-16-2016, 04:07 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I lost all my teeth to a Plavix overdose, the non-VA doctor wasn't paying attention. The VA fixed me up with dentures and I can mangle a steak again. Good to go.
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Old 07-19-2016, 05:43 PM
 
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For an illness, I can't vouch for a VA Medical Center but in my case ( worn out painful hips) they were great.
X-rays followed by consultation with a GREAT orthopedic doctor who arranged my hip replacement at a new civilian hospital 70 miles away. Right hip was done November of 2014, left hip was done October 2015.
Both turned out great. I can easily put my socks and shoes on with no pain at all.
I am on Medicare and I never received a bill for so much as a penny.

Thank you VA
Thank you VA CHOICE program.
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Old 07-19-2016, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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For an illness, I can't vouch for a VA Medical Center but in my case ( worn out painful hips) they were great.
X-rays followed by consultation with a GREAT orthopedic doctor who arranged my hip replacement at a new civilian hospital 70 miles away. Right hip was done November of 2014, left hip was done October 2015.
Both turned out great. I can easily put my socks and shoes on with no pain at all.
I am on Medicare and I never received a bill for so much as a penny.

Thank you VA
Thank you VA CHOICE program.
If you do not mind, what was your military experience?

Thanks
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:46 PM
 
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If you do not mind, what was your military experience?

Thanks
2 year draftee from 1965-1967
Vietnam era.....state side duty the entire two years

My worn out hips were not service connected.
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