Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day


CBFTW has an OpEd about the VA in the NYT:

Thank You for Being Expendable by Colby Buzzell
"Keep this in mind: If I’m calling the V.A., it’s because I’m in really bad shape. But when I’d tell them I really needed to see somebody ASAP, sooner than that, they’d always tell me the same exact thing: “Sorry. But that’s the earliest we can see you.” I’ve since learned that when things are really bad, it’s better to just show up at the V.A. emergency room."

17 comments:

Fearthuinn min an Saille said...

Friend of mine learned the hard way, that showing up to the ER doesn't always work. They sent her home, saying it wasn't an emergency and that she needs to call for an appointment. 2 days later she was back, paralyzed and they approved her for emergency surgery. The disk between her l5/s1 joint ruptured completely at that point.

But that's Atlanta, and I have no doubt that they'll find it hard to tell which is worse - Phoenix, or Atlanta. It saddens me to know that this is how our vets - who might be indigent or on disability, to the point they have to rely on the gov't healthcare subsidy and their only option is the VA.

CrabbyOldMan said...

Does it sound like a good idea to anyone else to consider scraping the V.A. hospital system and giving out vouchers for private providers instead?
By the way, I would limit the benefits to service related injuries. Those who have diabedes, but don't treat it and keep drinking anyway should pay for their own amputations.

Bram said...

I learned over 20 years ago that it is better to get real insurance than to even try dealing with the VA. When I got home from the Gulf War in '91, they were useless.

Went once in NC, one more time in Los Angeles in '93. Never went back.

The VA is like a third world nursing home with a bureaucracy designed by Kafka. It's a special kind of hell that liberals want us all to participate in through a single-payer system.

T. Paine said...

I think Crabby's suggestion is an excellent one. Scrap the VA altogether and give out vouchers for private hospitals. Of course the left will scream bloody murder over that possibility.

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Zelda said...

I can't quite put into words how much I hate the VA. We have quite a few veterans who are patients at our clinic, and the stories I could tell you.

For instance, we have a patient who is presenting with some pretty serious neurological symptoms. She had been all over the VA trying to get the tests she needed, to no avail. In desperation, she finally came to see Jethro because she's an attorney who sends patients our way. He took one look at her and wrote a letter strenuously recommending she be seen by a neurologist and have an MRI immediately. She took the letter back to the VA and they made her an appointment - WITH A MOTHER FUCKING SHRINK.

Another patient - injured in Iraq - 6 fucking months to get an MRI for 3 obviously herniated discs. The amount of pain he was in makes me cringe. To think he went that long without care drives me up the fucking wall.

Another patient - her father just died of a massive stroke waiting on his blood pressure medication. It should not take over two weeks to get a prescription for fucking blood pressure meds.

I am so very, very angry. This is how the government treats veterans. Do you know what they're going to do to us when they herd us all into that web? Do you think you're going to have any recourse when it's the government screwing you?

ALa said...

I would only take small issue with CB's line: "Politicians and many hawkish Americans are quick to send our sons and daughters to go off to fight in wars on foreign soil, but reluctant to pay the cost."

I don't know ANYONE reluctant to pay costs for veterans. I know many that don't want other funding piggybacking into veterans funds and snuck into the bills...

Zelda said...

It's the one thing I don't mind spending money on. But I don't think the problem is a lack of funds. I think it is, as usual, the fact that the government is wretched at managing these kinds of things.

free0352 said...

It isn't a lack of funds. My local VA bitches about funding and just built a "veteran's park" next to the clinic. Motherfucker, I don't want your park... I want my stupid prescription you're telling me is too expensive.

Another patient - injured in Iraq - 6 fucking months to get an MRI for 3 obviously herniated discs. The amount of pain he was in makes me cringe. To think he went that long without care drives me up the fucking wall.

Exact same thing is happening to me right now.

Zelda said...

I feel so utterly helpless. I wrote to my congressman and got a form letter back. I don't know what to do. I'm a taxpayer. I'm paying for veterans to be treated like shit.

Fearthuinn min an Saille said...

Friend I mentioned, McCain and the big whigs were walking through the VA while she was there. She wanted to go chat with them, but she was running late for her appointment - which apparently was never put into the system - for x-rays of her back from a fall, on their own wet floors. Go VA!

Zelda said...

I hate the VA so very much. I'm pretty sure they let my grandfather die. Then when the drooling incompetents called my mom about it, they didn't tell her that he'd already passed away and watched while she ran to his room to be greeted by his corpse. We still don't know how he died. Can't seem to get that information. But WWII vets are just taking up beds at this point, I guess.

Anonymous said...

I said before this went down that the country would use these men and then through them away like used toilet paper for a war we shouldn't fight and couldn't actually win.
I was right, and I take no satisfaction in it.

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