Veterans delays persist in Southern California

May 15, 2014 Full story: Pasadena Star-News

While senators grilled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Thursday about healthcare delays at the Phoenix VA and elsewhere, the problems in Southern California may be just as bad, according to local veterans, advocates and a review of numerous government reports.

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Viet Nam Veteran

Chillicothe, OH

#1 May 16, 2014
The GAO found the same type of sceduling problems in the VA system in 2012 and the Secretary claims to know nothing about it. What does that make him, a liar or just incompetant?
Cordwainer Trout

Elizabethtown, KY

#2 May 16, 2014
The idea behind Marxist management of healthcare at any bureaucratic level is simply death panels. California government Conservatorship bureaucracy routinely mismanages their ward's health once they are no longer profitable to the State. The concept is written into Obamacare and the Democrats are too stupid to realize it. Democrat leadership is an unholy alliance between corporate America and government... otherwise known as Fascism. The huge amounts of money given Michelle Obama from the health network in Chicago is an example of how the money flows.
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#3 May 16, 2014
Viet Nam Veteran wrote:
The GAO found the same type of sceduling problems in the VA system in 2012 and the Secretary claims to know nothing about it. What does that make him, a liar or just incompetant?
Shinseki may not know about this or chose to ignore this but he is still responsible for the care of veterans. His ego will not allow him to resign.
At the local VA here, I complained about a doctor. I have severe osteoarthritis along with other medical issues related to the arthritis and I was seen by the Rheumatology clinic and then discharged as a patient. I was told I did not need follow up. Osteoarthritis does not go away, if anything, it gets worse. Since then I have had to get medications through my Primary Care doctor who is 'friends' with the Rheumatology doctor. When I complained about this system to the patient advocate, who is very familiar with the system, her response was 'Oh the Corneal'. and nothing was done about this. It seems rank does have its privileges!!!
The local VA here does not have the trained staff to take care of my medical problems as I got this information from the chief of staff when I wrote to him. He was kind enough to call me at my home and discuss the situation. He explained there is a shortage of trained doctors with vacancies that are not filled. He recommended another VA which is currently taking care of my medical problems.
I for one am glad this has broken open. Shinseki needs to be held accountable for what has happened but his ego prevents him from knowing better. Get rid of this sore spot in the VA system and recommend someone who can do the job!!!!
Viet Nam Veteran

Chillicothe, OH

#4 May 16, 2014
Why should you have to go to another VA for your healthcare? You should recieve a healthcare card from the VA and you could than shop around to find the specialist you need. Public sector healthcare will NEVER be able to compete with the private sector. The private sector MUST be making a constant effort to improve or other health care providers will lure their customers away. Under the current system the VA does not have to compete because veterans without insurance have no other choice but to wait around for the third world medicine the VA has always provided.
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#5 May 17, 2014
Viet Nam Veteran wrote:
Why should you have to go to another VA for your healthcare? You should recieve a healthcare card from the VA and you could than shop around to find the specialist you need. Public sector healthcare will NEVER be able to compete with the private sector. The private sector MUST be making a constant effort to improve or other health care providers will lure their customers away. Under the current system the VA does not have to compete because veterans without insurance have no other choice but to wait around for the third world medicine the VA has always provided.
Let me explain this:
The pain management at my local VA 'announced' to me that he normally does not do this clinic but once a week. Yes a pain management doctor who say there are not enough doctors to help him so only once a week is all he can do. Then he announced that 'this was his CHARITY WORK' and that is when I wrote to the chief of staff. The chief of staff called me at home to explain they do not have enough doctors for the pain management clinic. Why? No on is answering the vacancies according to the chief of staff. No one qualified that is. Vacancies still exist at this clinic but with the doctors attitude like this I allowed him to treat me ONCE to see what he offered. He did an epidural in me and in his experience I may need to have more. I have had many epidurals in the past and they do me NO GOOD. I have had some terrible doctors do this procedure (VA doctors) and my pain has ALWAYS returned!
I went to the VA the chief of staff recommended and they listened and responded to the treatment I wanted, NOT THE DRUGS. A surgical option is on the table but being avoided as a last resort. The pain management at this other VA is doing RFA's on my hip and SI areas. That is the only thing that seems to help.(Radio Frequency Abliteration) I have had these in the past with much success at least until the nerve grows back.
I will not trust a doctor who gives me stupid answers and will report his.her butt as soon as they loose site of their professional objectivity. That is why I am not going to my local VA and the chief of staff has been informed of my decision and I am happy with the results.

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