Senate veterans' committee meets on health care
The Department of Veterans Affairs needs to do a better job communicating with private medical providers, informing veterans of what services are available, and pay more attention to women's health care needs as more women have been joining the military, U.S. Sen.Full Story
#1 Apr 23, 2012
I have had my VA doctor contact another doctor at a private hospital to explain my history and diagnosis because the VA was limited on what they could do for my health. He took the time because he knew I could not get the proper care at any of the VA facilities I had been to. Many of the surgeons as the VA facility stated they could not do an operation on my back because of the chance of paralysis. I had my surgery done at a private facility 5 times and my doctor at the VA was informed of each surgery and what medications were prescribed and what the follow up was. I am very thankful to my doctor at the VA that I have know for 30 years because of his personal interest and the care he has given me. He could not recommend hospital or surgeons on the record but we spoke frankly and he gave his advise on where I could go...off the record, because he cares for his patients. He knows he is not supposed to do this but the VA IS limited sometimes on what they can do and when they can do it. My doctor at the VA has other doctors he talks to at the VA and I was recommended Acupuncture for my condition BUT the VA doctors do not think it is in my best interest and refused me treatment there. The Acupuncture doctor has never contacted me, only through second or third party personnel that wonder why I can't get treatment there. The VA doctors are 'stumped' as to why a one time treatment will determine if the acupuncture will work or not but since the head of the acupuncture clinic feels it is not in my best interest, I am refused without further communication from the doctor himself. Seems every avenue I try to get my degenerative joint disease/disk disease treated, there seems to be stumbling blocks at all the VA's I have been to. I will take my chances on doctors who I research and who take the chance. My surgery went off without any paralysis 5 times and I even had a bone replaced in my neck without complications because the doctor at the private facility KNEW what he was doing, has the experience, the knowledge and the confidence to correct the medical problems I have experienced over the years.
Wish I could say the same about the VA but maybe talking to experienced doctors at other hospitals will teach the VA doctors how to talk to the patient, explain things without fear and lean a thing or two.
#2 Apr 23, 2012
getting the VA to pay for any non-VA healthcare is next to impossible, I can't get them to pay for an ER visit because I was 200 miles away from the nearest VA emergency facility. I also had a need for surgery and was put on a 1 yr waiting list and when I got to the point I couldn't hardly walk anymore I had to go to a private hospital to get a 35 yr old piece of schrapnel removed from my leg so I could walk better. Here in NM you can get private care, but it's all on your dime even i it is a veterans service connected condition.
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#3 Apr 23, 2012
The VA has opened a couple satellite clinics with womens health clinics included where I live, which is great. I don't have to waste a whole day for a 15 minute appt.
I was told that the VA is trying to build more satellite clinics across the country.
The other problem I found is trying to find civilian physicians who accept Tricare, especially when one needs a specialist.
#4 Apr 23, 2012
I agree, finding doctors that take champva as with tricare is extremely difficult.
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