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Old 03-27-2015, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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I am a partially disabled veteran and VA has taken over most of my care in the past 5 years or so. I am retired.
I see there is some sort of clinic there and I read somewhere that the hospital in Prescott is the assigned hospital for LHC.
That seems like quite a drive to a limited facility to me in that it's 3 hours and the VA here in Prescott does no surgery, has few specialists and is rather limited.
For the most part after surgery on my back a couple of years ago I am down to just needing my RX refilled now. I know I can do that over the internet but they still want to see you at times.
Anyone use the VA facility in LHC that can offer any comments.
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Old 03-27-2015, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Can't offer any insight to the LHC Clinic, nor the drive to the assigned Hospital, but I used to drive the volunteer van between Yuma and the hospital in Tucson...240 miles/4 hours...left at 0430, got back to Yuma at 1630...if we were lucky.
The VA system can't be all things to all people, no matter how hard they may or may not try...just too many remote places where Veterans choose to live. However the new Choice plan offers some Veterans the option to go outside the system to get care....it's their choice to do so......if they qualify for the program.

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Gemstone1
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Old 03-27-2015, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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Like I said, I think I am pretty much down to pills now and exams/lab work. I think LHC can do all that. The drive here and back to LHC is not bad, about 2 1/2-3 hours but I would not want to have to make it on a regular basis.
I did recently get a Choice Card in the mail, not sure why and I still am not quite sure what it is but I may start looking into it should the VA clinic over there not be able to handle my needs.
My team at Prescott VA is also very good and helpful and they will give me an outside referral without a problem as they simply don't have the facilities here to do some things.
I was shocked when I found out almost 3 years ago that even Phoenix VA does not do back fusions. They ship you out to places unknown with some doctor you don't know?? I had mine done locally and privately with no fuss from VA.
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:03 PM
 
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I live in Havasu, I am a Marine Veteran and there is a VA clinic but I have not used it. I know the DAV drives people to Prescott and Phoenix VA hospitals for services not available in town.
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