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    The VA

    I am now having my medical needs taken care of by the Reno VA. I wish I had gone sooner. Fast efficient and friendly. I am a type2 diabetic. My prescription was out. In one day they got me registered. Doc assigned. Blood work done. Prescription filled. I have some other issues also. Maybe they will fix it all.

    Finally got something done without road block after road block.

    I talk with someone else Thursday. Looks like I might end up a disabled veteran.
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    Good to hear

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    My bil retired as the assistant to under Secretary of the VA and still does some consulting
    Should you ever need a hand with road blocks
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    Glad to hear that. You must have mentioned being a vet at some point; I feel foolish for not suggesting the VA.
    In the medical world the VA has a good reputation for quality of care, once you get in the door. (I don't know if they've solved the access issues but obviously it worked for you.) I know some VA surgeons; they're excellent (because I helped train them.)
    The VA pioneered the use of the electronic medical record which is a great thing no matter what old disgruntled docs want to tell you.
    I believe one of the access issues in the past had to do with the military's medical records being still on paper and they were having trouble transferring them to the VA system.

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    So your saying that federally operated medical facilities are fast, efficient, and generally well liked?

    But Fox News said that was socialism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peruvian View Post
    So your saying that federally operated medical facilities are fast, efficient, and generally well liked?

    But Fox News said that was socialism.
    It is. The military itself is socialism. Look at all the other countries that have armies--China, North Korea, Cuba. Communist all. We should defend ourselves with private for-profit militias.
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    I was there again this morning. Talked to my doctor for the first time. I had to give 14 more vials of blood. And she listens to me. Am getting scheduled for a CT scan while shooting die up my leg. FYI. I can barely walk now. 40 or 50 feet and I am done. I can't stand long enough to unload the dishwasher. Hopefully they see it and. Fix it. I worked in several hospitals. This is the best I have ever seen

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    Only issues I’ve ever had with the VA is “people rise to their level of incompetence “ and trying to get a case started at 3pm. No incentive to be efficient.

    Care is outstanding though. When I was a Med student I brought a fifth of good whiskey to the badge office and the IT office. Had the best service for the next 14 years. With occasional refills for the staff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by detrusor View Post
    Only issues I’ve ever had with the VA is “people rise to their level of incompetence “ and trying to get a case started at 11am.
    FIFY.
    And I once got a ticket for slow rolling a stop sign on the grounds of the Tucson VA at 2 in the morning with not another car in sight. The federal cop was obviously waiting for some hapless resident to do it. Federal offense, so I paid the damn thing.

    One caveat about the VA--although they have ER's, don't ever go there for a true emergency. They are not set up to handle it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peruvian View Post
    So your saying that federally operated medical facilities are fast, efficient, and generally well liked?

    But Fox News said that was socialism.
    Just like Medicare? I love all the old folks and morons blathering on about socialized medicine and how it will ruin healthcare in the USA. A nation of ignorance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnificentUnicorn View Post
    Just like Medicare? I love all the old folks and morons blathering on about socialized medicine and how it will ruin healthcare in the USA. A nation of selfishness.
    FIFY

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackattack View Post
    FIFY
    A bunch of both...


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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnificentUnicorn View Post
    Just like Medicare? I love all the old folks and morons blathering on about socialized medicine and how it will ruin healthcare in the USA. A nation of ignorance.


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    Medicare is different in that it is a nationalized health insurance plan. The VA is a federal/national health provider.

    VA doctors are federal employees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    FIFY.
    And I once got a ticket for slow rolling a stop sign on the grounds of the Tucson VA at 2 in the morning with not another car in sight. The federal cop was obviously waiting for some hapless resident to do it. Federal offense, so I paid the damn thing.

    One caveat about the VA--although they have ER's, don't ever go there for a true emergency. They are not set up to handle it.
    Hah! I rolled through on at the Portland VA at 1am. Paid it as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Peruvian View Post
    Medicare is different in that it is a nationalized health insurance plan. The VA is a federal/national health provider.

    VA doctors are federal employees.
    Uh, no shit. They’re both forms of socialized healthcare.


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    Quote Originally Posted by detrusor View Post
    Hah! I rolled through on at the Portland VA at 1am. Paid it as well.


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    Nowadays they use federal marshals and they don't ticket you--if you're lucky they throw you in an unmarked van and question you for hours. Or they just shoot you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    Nowadays they use federal marshals and they don't ticket you--if you're lucky they throw you in an unmarked van and question you for hours. Or they just shoot you.
    I can't speak for the whole country but in Reno they have VA police. With well appointed VA cruiser's. I suspect that like most .gov agencies they have their own standing army

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTT View Post
    I can't speak for the whole country but in Reno they have VA police. With well appointed VA cruiser's. I suspect that like most .gov agencies they have their own standing army
    Yeah, I was kidding about the marshals. Reference to current events.

    Tucson VA is gorgeous. Spanish colonial building set in a large grounds of native Sonoran Desert--saguaros, ocotillo, the whole deal. I use to run the perimeter. Guys would check into the hospital in the winter from whatever snowy climate they lived in the rest of the year. I don't think they can do that anymore.

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