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    i've been in the VA system for a few years now, other than massive crowds at the hospital i really have no complaints. here in OKC we have several smaller clinics where you see your primary care physician, if you have an appointment and arrive early they'll see you early.

    my primary care physician saw something in my blood work that alarmed him, he made the referral to the hospital, which initially was a nightmare experience. ends up i had service connected Hep C, i'm deaf as a stump, and 50 years after the fact i'm 50% disabled due to PTSD, 50 years later and still at 50%, heck i must have been a raving lunatic at release from active duty. LOL in hindsight i was a raving lunatic, but PTSD hadn't been invented yet.

    anyway treatment for the Hep C laid me low for almost 2 years, they assigned me a PA who had been deployed to afganistan and iraq. she is great, they gave me almost $300,000 in meds and last check up i still had no active virus in my system. cured, but i think it's back again. i gave the PA who treated me a challenge coin which made her an honorary member of the old farts battalion, says that on the coin, 1st MARDIV emblem with the Reaper on the reverse, but i should have a 3rd MARDIV coin as well, cause when we first arrived in country we were 3rd FMF, about a year and a half later they made us 1st FMF, so yes to any new Corps guys, i was in the Fleet. 2 of em LOL

    all those years (after PTSD was named) my family and friends told me to talk to them about it, i declined with the rational of "the mid-east troops are hurt much worse than i ever was and i don't want to take services from them to treat me" .... i finally wised up and owned what i am. i use some time from the doctors, and once a month i get a deposit in my account for "paper" dollars to use however i wish. so my advice to any service member who's been putting it off cause they don't believe they deserve anything, get over it and with the program, it's only paper that folks will trade you real assets for.

    the final compelling event was when i asked myself, "self, where were these people when you were getting paid (with combat pay as an E5) the princely sum of $310 a month to get shot at?"

    what are your experiences with the VA system? mine have been mostly good to some excellent
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    It took me years to finally convince the morons that I was not KIA.

    It is not the quality of care, it is the bureaucratic nightmare that has been created that is the single evil aspect of the VA, a good 60% of the admin staff should be fired for incompetence and outright negligence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by talonxracer View Post
    It took me years to finally convince the morons that I was not KIA.

    It is not the quality of care, it is the bureaucratic nightmare that has been created that is the single evil aspect of the VA, a good 60% of the admin staff should be fired for incompetence and outright negligence.
    It's because being a protected class and/or government job means they aren't going anywhere no matter how unprofessional they are. The attitude of the clerks is what's abhorrent to me. I have zero problems the the professional staff.

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    yeah, but you have to see 20 clerks before you can see a nurse or dr, and stand in line to get the ok to stand in another line LOL
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    I worked at the Bay Pines VA for a couple of years. What an eye opener.

    And I'll state that as a veteran myself, I find the VA Secretary's recent Disney comments to be incredibly tone deaf. Of course, he should have been terminated when he lied about being in Special Forces.

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    Those that steal valor, especially special forces, should be dropped in to the next engagement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crayj View Post
    yeah, but you have to see 20 clerks before you can see a nurse or dr, and stand in line to get the ok to stand in another line LOL
    That's why it sucks. However, I take it as it is; a service that no one owes us. I don't always have bad luck either. I went last Sunday to the ER and was in an out in a little over an hour for a severe poison sumac reaction. I'm not sure if it was due to restructuring or not many patients, but I was impressed.

    I also understand how some of the staff develop attitudes. Let's be honest and admit that some of our fellow vets are cantankerous folks. For some reason I don't know, it's usually a Vietnam vet giving them grief.

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    i am a VietNam vet, i have 5 awards of the VietNam Service Medal. we got used to being treated like sh!t years ago and expect nothing better from anyone now. your comment offends the living sh!t out of me, but i'll simply walk away as i have many times at the VA
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    It has been my observation that the Docs, PAs and nursing staff are great. It is mostly the desk jockeys who are the problem. They don't seem to give a damn and many of them don't know how to do their job and don't care. They know there is very little chance of ever getting fired. As for restructuring? What a joke. It has gone from mediocre to pathetic in the last 7 years. I know that some hospitals are better than others but the one I use is just sad and being disabled I don't have a lot of choices. I can use medicare and pay the deductibles, which I sometimes do since they can't seem to get me in to the VA in any reasonable amount of time and it is a 2 hour drive to the nearest hospital so sometimes it is just easier to deal with the local doctors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodstock View Post
    It has been my observation that the Docs, PAs and nursing staff are great. It is mostly the desk jockeys who are the problem. They don't seem to give a damn and many of them don't know how to do their job and don't care. They know there is very little chance of ever getting fired. As for restructuring? What a joke. It has gone from mediocre to pathetic in the last 7 years. I know that some hospitals are better than others but the one I use is just sad and being disabled I don't have a lot of choices. I can use medicare and pay the deductibles, which I sometimes do since they can't seem to get me in to the VA in any reasonable amount of time and it is a 2 hour drive to the nearest hospital so sometimes it is just easier to deal with the local doctors.
    that is my experience as well. before they had the card readers to check in you had to see a clerk who input data into the system, one day the line was 40 people long at a minimum, i finally got to the front and the girl doing the data input had a nub of a thumb and a little finger on her left hand, and a thumb nub on the right. she could type about 1 word a minute, now i know she needs work, but hells bells give her something she can do, not patient check in.

    my primary care physician is a hoot, he's chinese and i can barely understand 1 word in 5. he told me once, "in my country, old sick people like you we send home to die" LOL he always asks me if i want a "digital rectal exam", i always answer, "no, do you" . he always answers in the negative and i say, "good, we're on the same page then" then leave
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