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Free at the VA, or $5000 for private care? What's your choice?

Old 06-12-2019, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by DJ_Critterus View Post
I only go to the VA for my annual check up now to maintain my benefits. VA is my last resort for medical care.

They tried to lower my disability based solely on that and it would have screwed me. I worked with WWP for a year on this and not only did my rating get made static (no 5 year evals where it could be lowered, but it was made static and increased to 90% for life. I'm using my insurance from work for treatment and it's doing much better than the usual motrin diet the VA likes to prescribe.
Same here. I use Tricare and only go to the VA for my twice yearly visits. I'm at 100% for life.

The hospital bill for my last surgery and hospital stay was more than $450,000! I paid $64 out of pocket.
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:00 AM
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Glad it worked well for you, sincerely.

I think you're right. As I mentioned in one post my first doctor was excellent. Truly excellent. I really liked him and was impressed with overall care at the time. But I still opted to do my first hip outside because again I was given a 6 month wait, and my option was a specialist right away at only $1000. Easy choice.

But that was then. And as mentioned also, that doctor left ~2014ish and things have gone to **** with my care, my relationship with them, and my overall perception of them.

But again, I'd really rather not bash. It's good to hear good experiences. That's what we all deserve. And my Dad had good care too... mostly at Loma Linda in the early 2000's. I've posted about these good experiences previously.... quite some time ago. But I'm sure they can be searched if so desired.

I just want it fixed for everyone. And I want the lack of accountability addressed ASAP. Reward the good, weed out the bad. ASAP.. But until government proves they can do it (which is doubtful), I caution everyone about spinning the roulette wheel with any type of "free" government care.

I have friends and family who worked at the Loma Linda location. Almost all of them were former military themselves and took the job very seriously. During the Obama years, many of them became increasingly annoyed at the increase of managers telling people what to do, with no chance for pay raises for themselves. Many had gone to school at the nearby noted Loma Linda University, and soon found that even county hospitals paid far more then the VA. It was far harder to get hired at the VA for a lot less money than most other hospitals. Coupled with pretty much every patient telling them how crappy their care was, they quit and went somewhere they could earn a living. The rank and file tries hard, but nobody seems to notice. Why would anyone in their right mind want to work there? They should close the whole operation and give some sort of coupons to be used by vets who need care.
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