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Lanie
07-02-2014, 03:57 PM
Nearly two years after a Massachusetts Vietnam veteran suffering from melanoma and bladder cancer contacted the Veteranís Affairs hospital in Bedford for help, a letter came to schedule an appointment.

But Douglas Chase had died in August 2012, WBZ-TV in Boston reported.

His widow, Suzanne Chase, opened the letter from the VA, which stated, "We are committed to providing primary care in a timely manner and would greatly appreciate a prompt response." She contacted WBZ.

When WBZ contacted the VA, the first words from the press spokesman for the hospital were, "Oh dear."

"Itís absurd," Chase said. "It made me very angry because I just donít feel like our veterans deserve to be treated this way."

The incident highlights recent findings in a White House study, which concluded, "A corrosive culture has led to personnel problems across the department that are seriously impacting morale and, by extension, the timeliness of healthcare."

The VA hospital controversy brought about the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. President Barack Obama nominated West Point graduate and former Army Capt. Robert McDonald, onetime CEO of Procter & Gamble, to replace Shinseki..

Chase was among the more than 100,000 veterans the VA discovered had been forced to wait 90 days or more for an appointment.



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What got me was that timely manner stuff.

Dlr Pyro
07-02-2014, 04:00 PM
get used to more of this once obama care kicks in

Lanie
07-02-2014, 05:55 PM
get used to more of this once obama care kicks in

It's 2014. It's kicked in.

We're still using private healthcare with some states expanding Medicaid. We're not hearing more about Medicaid not working out or the subsidies, just VA.

VA has always been a piss poor system. Always. Sorry, but it has been.

RobJohnson
07-02-2014, 06:10 PM
It's 2014. It's kicked in.

We're still using private healthcare with some states expanding Medicaid. We're not hearing more about Medicaid not working out or the subsidies, just VA.

VA has always been a piss poor system. Always. Sorry, but it has been.

VA in some areas has had problems for decades, but the recent cover ups and doctor shortages are pretty new news. I think they said the VA was short 400 doctors, and we seen what happened, and they are already saying we are shorter then that for private care, and every ten years it will get worse. Students are no longer choosing to be doctors and there is an influx of new patients due the expansion of Medicaid and the ACA. So if the VA had problems with only being short 400 doctors, just think how bad private care might get with the gov't involved.

Just the new rules and restrictions of the ACA has caused me to have to pay cash for medication that was previously covered since 1998 (it's not cheap) and I have to make day long road trips for medical care or medical equipment as all the providers in my town are not interested in the low reimbursement of the PPO plan. It takes forever to get an appointment and it's nothing to hang out in a waiting room for at least three hours. Thank goodness for my smart phone and being friends with some of the staff, it's not quite as boring, but it still kills the entire day.

Sorry for the long rant........but the decades of the VA being a mess, should of been an indication of what Obamacare might of been like.

RobJohnson
07-02-2014, 06:11 PM
It's 2014. It's kicked in.

We're still using private healthcare with some states expanding Medicaid. We're not hearing more about Medicaid not working out or the subsidies, just VA.

VA has always been a piss poor system. Always. Sorry, but it has been.

There have been several delays, such as the employer mandate.

Dlr Pyro
07-02-2014, 06:16 PM
yay obamacare....


The Las Vegas woman died Monday, less than two weeks after her family went public with details about Nevada Health Link insurance exchange enrollment troubles that kept her from treatment in January for an aggressive brain tumor.

Rolain was one of about 150 Nevadans suing Nevada Health Link contractor Xerox for enrollment mix-ups that left them without the health insurance they paid for.

Rolain is the first to die of complications from an illness said to have gone untreated for lack of coverage. But observers close to her case say she may not be the last. http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/woman-class-action-lawsuit-against-xerox-dies

RobJohnson
07-02-2014, 06:34 PM
This bill has been passed by the House. When you click link turn off sound if you are at work..... (I was under the understanding that it passed the Senate but unable to confirm that, so my guess its, it had not)

My friend Bobby Schilling R-IL 17, while in Congress started this bill. He was voted out due to big spending liberals. Prior to his election in 2010, the district had been blue for over 30 years, the only good thing is a Vietnam Veteran Lane Evans D held the office until he had to retire when he was suffering from Parkinson's, did a pretty good job for Vets and the Rock Island Arsenal as he served on the Affairs Committee. I was also friends with Lane and he is in really bad health now.

This bill would allow VA patients to see a private doctor when the VA is backed up.

This is his wife's blog with the details: http://10kidsofonemom.com/2/post/2014/06/veterans-access-to-care-act-passes-house-426-0.html?fb_action_ids=10152143579178144&fb_action_types=dragndropbuilderapp%3Ashare&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582#.U5kZ8VEErq4.fac ebook

He is not your typical politican, he is a small business owner, and has a very successful pizza restaurant. His brother also owned a pizza chain. He started the pizza chain after being a stock broker for years. Anyways, check out the link......this guy needs all the support he can get. The libs in Chicago are sending a ton of money to his opponent who was backing Obama and the VA Secretary Eric Shinseki for weeks before she finally called for his resignation

That link is here: http://bobbyschilling.com/newsroom/press/135-bustos-waits-weeks-finally-joins-schilling-and-others-in-calling-for-shinseki-s-resignation

If you like what he has to say, no matter where you live follow him on Facebook to show him he has support from all over the United States, please and thank you.

RobJohnson
07-02-2014, 06:40 PM
In fact here is the text:

"
Today is a great day for veterans across this great nation, but there is still much work to do.

"I'm thrilled that my friend, Congressman Jeff Miller, was able to get this bill through the House. This is a monumental step for veterans in this country who have been needlessly burdened with waitlists and backlogs from the VA for far too long. One of the key provisions of the Veterans Access to Care Act came straight from my bill I introduced in 2011, the Enhanced Veterans Health Care Experience Act.

"Now veterans have the right to use their own doctors in their own hometowns, rather than wait extended periods of time for the VA when they need care immediately.

"This is only the first step. The Senate must pass this bill and President Obama must sign this into law. And there are still additional reforms we need to pass to improve our veterans access to health care. But this is a great first step, and I'm pleased to see this bill pass the House. Working on this veterans issue was a passion of mine while serving in Congress, and it's great to see our work pay off to help our heroes."

Bobby Schilling recognized the problems in the Veterans Administration three years ago. After the problems his own father had with the Veterans Administration, Schilling analyzed the problem and designed a creative way to help solve it without expanding government bureaucracy. He was ahead of his time in introducing his bill and was very pleased to see it pass the House. Still, there is more work to be done to serve veterans, and Bobby Schilling is seeking to once again represent the people of the 17th Congressional District to put his problem-solving skills back to work for the middle class, the working poor, and especially our veterans in need of quality, accessible health care.


ETA: I don't think it has passed the Senate from what I can see.........

Lanie
07-02-2014, 06:48 PM
VA in some areas has had problems for decades, but the recent cover ups and doctor shortages are pretty new news. I think they said the VA was short 400 doctors, and we seen what happened, and they are already saying we are shorter then that for private care, and every ten years it will get worse. Students are no longer choosing to be doctors and there is an influx of new patients due the expansion of Medicaid and the ACA. So if the VA had problems with only being short 400 doctors, just think how bad private care might get with the gov't involved.

Just the new rules and restrictions of the ACA has caused me to have to pay cash for medication that was previously covered since 1998 (it's not cheap) and I have to make day long road trips for medical care or medical equipment as all the providers in my town are not interested in the low reimbursement of the PPO plan. It takes forever to get an appointment and it's nothing to hang out in a waiting room for at least three hours. Thank goodness for my smart phone and being friends with some of the staff, it's not quite as boring, but it still kills the entire day.

Sorry for the long rant........but the decades of the VA being a mess, should of been an indication of what Obamacare might of been like.

I guess some parts of Obamacare is doing what it was supposed to prevent.

RobJohnson
07-02-2014, 07:09 PM
I guess some parts of Obamacare is doing what it was supposed to prevent.

Medical school is so darn expensive. I have noticed on my EOBs (explanation of benefits) my chiropractor and PA-C are reimbursed more per visit them my specialists are.

It took me six weeks to make an appointment to see my doctor's PAC, if I wanted to see the doctor it would of been at least 90 days. For a while they were taking first come first serve walk ins Monday to Friday 1 to 4, I would get there right when they put the clip board out to sign in and sit for three hours as I had urgent needs. They stopped the walk in program.

It was never perfect before, but my old primary doctor before he got fed up and retired without much notice would allow me to show up at 5:45 AM as a walk in and he would see me right away with hardly any wait. He was our towns VA doctor for years, and also our Hospice doctor. He had about five jobs. I really miss him. He also had a couple medical patents hanging on his wall. He really cared about his patients, now the doctors are lucky to spend six minutes with you.

thundley4
07-02-2014, 07:26 PM
Obviously the VA is now working hard to clear their backlog of cases. *sarcasm*

RobJohnson
07-02-2014, 07:41 PM
Obviously the VA is now working hard to clear their backlog of cases. *sarcasm*

I hate to keep plugging my friend http://bobbyschilling.com/ but he has been visiting a lot of the clinics in Illinois and has found some of them are pretty efficient. He just visited the Sterling, IL outpatient VA clinic this week and talked to several of their patients as well as the staff.

thundley4
07-02-2014, 07:43 PM
I hate to keep plugging my friend http://bobbyschilling.com/ but he has been visiting a lot of the clinics in Illinois and has found some of them are pretty efficient. He just visited the Sterling, IL outpatient VA clinic this week and talked to several of their patients as well as the staff.


Illinois has had it's share of problems with the VA, though.

RobJohnson
07-02-2014, 07:55 PM
Illinois has had it's share of problems with the VA, though.

I know, I think that is why he keeps visiting the clinics, he is trying to figure out the problem areas and what the needs are.

I remember the long drives from Viola, IL to Iowa City to take my grandfather to the VA hospital for a check up and gold shots for his RA. We were there all freaking day. Grandpa had to lay down in the back of the van, I was pretty young, and the trip wore my grandmother out. I can still smell that damn hospital. That was 35 years ago.

That was his reward for serving in WWII