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Old 12-07-2018, 01:44 PM
 
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my experience has been similar to yours..... overall good. I had a scare pissing blood......private insurance would not see me for 2 months...…...Va sent me for an MRI before I got to the initial appointment with private urologist...…...Referrals and other BS involved.
I'm not sure I follow. Why wouldn't you go urgent care or call your primary doc asking to be seen immediately?
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:44 PM
 
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I'm not sure I follow. Why wouldn't you go urgent care or call your primary doc asking to be seen immediately?
Originally I went to urgent care.They said I should see a urologist. I called the health network I am in and they said I needed to be referred by my doctor. I went to my doctor and he gave his "referral" [We have already used up about a week] The urologist appointment people said it would be a month before I could get in to see him. To put it mildly I was pissed. I called the VA clinic. They had an opening for the next day. After much research and discussion with the VA doc and my health networks doc...…...I could expect to have an MRI done. The VA set one up for me two weeks before I could see the urologist. When I finally got to see the urologist he was pissed they had not scheduled me in to see him sooner. He used the MRI I had from the VA and also used a "scope" on me. He concluded that I just had an enlarged prostate. No cancer. He said he would have had to schedule an MRI also and that would have been another delay. I am very lucky in that I am able to co-ordinate using the VA and my private insurance to my advantage. I also try to not use the VA unless it seems the quickest and best route. I know that for many that is their only healthcare.
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Old 12-13-2018, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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Originally I went to urgent care.They said I should see a urologist. I called the health network I am in and they said I needed to be referred by my doctor. I went to my doctor and he gave his "referral" [We have already used up about a week] The urologist appointment people said it would be a month before I could get in to see him. To put it mildly I was pissed. I called the VA clinic. They had an opening for the next day. After much research and discussion with the VA doc and my health networks doc...…...I could expect to have an MRI done. The VA set one up for me two weeks before I could see the urologist. When I finally got to see the urologist he was pissed they had not scheduled me in to see him sooner. He used the MRI I had from the VA and also used a "scope" on me. He concluded that I just had an enlarged prostate. No cancer. He said he would have had to schedule an MRI also and that would have been another delay. I am very lucky in that I am able to co-ordinate using the VA and my private insurance to my advantage. I also try to not use the VA unless it seems the quickest and best route. I know that for many that is their only healthcare.
The "No cancer" part is good. I am glad.

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I volunteer at a local va hospital. My opinion (opinion being the keyword here) is that things vary hospital to hospital, state to state, and especially doctor to doctor.

Goes without saying though that the VA could do with some serious housecleaning at the lower levels and sweep out a lot of the bad apples who are spoiling the rest.
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:08 PM
 
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The "No cancer" part is good. I am glad.

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I volunteer at a local va hospital. My opinion (opinion being the keyword here) is that things vary hospital to hospital, state to state, and especially doctor to doctor.

Goes without saying though that the VA could do with some serious housecleaning at the lower levels and sweep out a lot of the bad apples who are spoiling the rest.
Thank you.
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Old 12-18-2018, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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I go to the loma linda Va & the health care is outstanding. Many yrs ago it was poor but they have since improved big time. I don't have dental or vision because I was only in for 4 yrs with no service related injuries.

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Old 12-18-2018, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Best in the third world...maybe.
If you do not mind your healthcare being administrated by the DMV, ...
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Old 12-19-2018, 04:14 PM
 
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I received treatment at 3 in the Southeast and 2 in the Midwest. I've found that the VA that works in conjunction and partnership with the universities have the best care. For example, I received treatment at the VA in Durham, NC for years. It is directly across from Duke Hospital. There are doctors at that VA that work at UNC and Duke. The best care ever. They have excellent care. I think most of the time that make a world of a difference.

I've been treated in Fayetteville and Salisbury, NC as well. The treatment, appointment times, aftercare follow up was a bad experience for me each time. Fayetteville has a huge veteran population because many veterans retire there so the VA was overwhelmed at the time of my care but the lack of care and long appointment wait times was going on for years. I hope it's better now.
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Old 12-24-2018, 03:49 PM
 
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Va propaganda, but according to the VA, they train 70% of American doctors in some capacity
https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/186...dical-schools/

The VA problems come from being stretched to thin, and as the largest healthcare system in the country (outside of military hospitals), being thin means there are a lot more cracks in the system.

But removing the VA system would stretch whatever system replaced it and the problems would still be there. But under different names and not one umbrella called the VA.
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Old 12-24-2018, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Every city in our nation has at least one hospital. Every county in our nation has at least one hospital.

We do not have a shortage of MDs, we do not have a shortage of medical specialists, nor do we have a shortage of hospitals.

There is no 'need' for a separate distinct nation-wide network of government-run hospitals, in our culture where we are already full-up with hospitals and doctors.

Our nation's current problems with healthcare is the high cost. The problem is NOT due to a doctor shortage. Nor is the problem due to any shortage of hospitals.
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Old 12-24-2018, 04:24 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/186...dical-schools/

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They’re why about 70 percent of all U.S. physicians received at least some professional training at a VA hospital.
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