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  •  It was before 10 years ago. (9+ / 0-)

    I was a cardiology fellow with a rotation at the VA in 1986, and because they were at the end of the fiscal year and had no money, they sent some guys home that would have had urgent surgery elsewhere.  One guy died waiting for the next fiscal year.

    I hate that they blame the current administration when this is a long-standing problem.

    If people could see a local doctor in the interim, they would solve this problem.  I once was told that my private practice would be audited by the VA, but I told them that I never was paid for services I provided to the VA, so they would find a big fat zero.  Waste of money to verify that I was never paid.

    One person I saw in the ER would not agree to any testing after his heart attack because he wanted transfer to the VA, but though I called daily to the VA for 5 days, and he was their patient, they did not ever take him during this time.  He finally demanded to go home with an outpatient appointment without a workup because he wanted to have it at the VA.  He had a huge stroke and ultimately died.  He never did have a workup by the VA even for the years before he came in to our hospital ER.  No stress test, no echo, only an ECG.  Substandard.

    •  indeed + the recent problems are all in red state (5+ / 0-)

      VA hospitals IIRC .

      My guilt is not being able to provide alternative medical options for my spouse which now are available under ACA

      I hate that they blame the current administration when this is a long-standing problem.

      If people could see a local doctor in the interim, they would solve this problem.  I once was told that my private practice would be audited by the VA, but I told them that I never was paid for services I provided to the VA, so they would find a big fat zero.  Waste of money to verify that I was never paid.

      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

      by annieli on Sat May 24, 2014 at 07:32:00 PM PDT

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    •  I was being a bit sarcastic (6+ / 0-)

      correlation with the Bush wars.

      I thank you for your comment. Those are horrifying, though unsurprising, anecdotes.

      If people could see a local doctor in the interim, they would solve this problem.
      This. And it's a solution that could work. The whole system needs revamping, and that could impact private health insurance.

      We need single payer.

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