Finally got my VA appointment. Go in June 8, for the initial bloodwork and June 12 for my first physical. Good thing I'm not doubled over in pain.
One difference ...Welcome to government healthcare. Just a preview of the future for ALL of us if Obamacare stays in effect.
Sounds like they are talking about you...And so it goes today. If the debate is over health-care reform, it won't be long before some free-market conservative will jump up and say that the sorry shape of the nation's veterans hospitals just proves what happens when government gets into the health-care business. And if he's a true believer, he'll then probably go on to suggest, quoting William Safire and other free marketers, that the government should just shut down the whole miserable system and provide veterans with health-care vouchers.
Welcome to government healthcare. Just a preview of the future for ALL of us if Obamacare stays in effect.
More here:Yet here's a curious fact that few conservatives or liberals know. Who do you think receives higher-quality health care. Medicare patients who are free to pick their own doctors and specialists? Or aging veterans stuck in those presumably filthy VA hospitals with their antiquated equipment, uncaring administrators, and incompetent staff? An answer came in 2003, when the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published a study that compared veterans health facilities on 11 measures of quality with fee-for-service Medicare. On all 11 measures, the quality of care in veterans facilities proved to be "significantly better."
Here's another curious fact. The Annals of Internal Medicine recently published a study that compared veterans health facilities with commercial managed-care systems in their treatment of diabetes patients. In seven out of seven measures of quality, the VA provided better care.
It gets stranger. Pushed by large employers who are eager to know what they are buying when they purchase health care for their employees, an outfit called the National Committee for Quality Assurance today ranks health-care plans on 17 different performance measures. These include how well the plans manage high blood pressure or how precisely they adhere to standard protocols of evidence-based medicine such as prescribing beta blockers for patients recovering from a heart attack. Winning NCQA's seal of approval is the gold standard in the health-care industry. And who do you suppose this year's winner is: Johns Hopkins? Mayo Clinic? Massachusetts General? Nope. In every single category, the VHA system outperforms the highest rated non-VHA hospitals.
Wife and I are in Tricare for Life. We have no complaints as of yet. Been using it for five years.It'll be a few more years before I have to worry about the VA but I still don't like Tricare...in my experience dependents are treated like welfare recipients.
That is good news. I am not a vet so I have not had to deal with the system much. Did have to take my dad a few times back in the 80s after he had retired from his job. He was a WWII vet with injuries. He never did like going to the VA hospitals.Almost forgot I started this biography. Well on the 8th they just took blood. On the 12th talked to the nurse and am now scheduled for a sonogram and they took more blood. Good news is I don't have leukemia