The VA Still Deadly To Veterans

Despite supposed reforms, VA still has significant delays in treating veterans.  Then, falsify documents to hide the delays.  Congress instituted the Choice program to allow the vets to seek private medical care to combat the delays.  Trust VA to screw that up -- probably intentionally. They’ve delayed issuing the cards.  Then, delayed paying the doctors – delayed so long that care was stopped.  VA doesn’t want the program and is doing what it can to kill it.  Time to flush the VA of supervisors and others found not doing their jobs.  Place the Choice program under a supervisor who’s position depends upon its success.  End the bureaucratic sinecures. 

Bernie and others want a single payer program for all of us. (Something no nation has successfully implemented).  Yet, can’t even handle such a program for our vets.

“VA bosses in 7 states manipulated vets' wait times for care

WASHINGTON — Supervisors instructed schedulers to falsify patient wait times at Veterans Affairs' medical facilities in at least seven states, according to newly released investigation reports from the department’s inspector general.

The manipulation gave the false impression that the facilities in Arkansas, California, Delaware, Illinois, New York, Texas and Vermont were meeting VA performance measures for shorter wait times.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/...n-veterans/82726634/

 

“GOFFSTOWN — The promise was a simple card that would allow nearly all New Hampshire veterans to get their VA health care from their local doctors or hospitals.The reality is a system where veterans — and even a hospital administrator — said they’ve experienced delays, confusion and red tape...“They call it the Choice plan, but there is no choice. You gotta go where they tell you,” said Navy veteran Albert Belhumeur, of Manchester.Nearly 200 veterans and their family members gathered at St. Anselm College on Tuesday to voice their frustrations with the Choice program, which was part of the VA reform legislation that President Obama signed last year”. - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/app...sthash.qmj9PBR5.dpuf

 

“Unpaid Bills

Marine veteran Jim Bancroft is angry. He’s angry it took more than a year for him to be referred to see a specialist and, now, he’s angry that problems with the VA Choice Program has forced one private specialist to say it cannot treat him for any new problems.

Bancroft was diagnosed with several spine- and nerve-related conditions, among other things, in the fall 2014 but doctors at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C. didn’t refer him to a specialist for more than a year.

Instead, it took months of pleading and a call to his congressman to get a specialist referral.

“That’s unacceptable,” Bancroft said. “That’s not healthcare. That’s complete neglect and it has nothing to do with my veteran status. It has to do with neglect of a patient.”

Bancroft finally got an appointment to see a doctor at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates through the Choice Program in December.”

http://www.wbtv.com/story/3128...t-va-medical-centers

 

TRUTH -- THE NEW HATE SPEECH!

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While its hard to fire civil servants, its not hard if done correctly.  Write the supervisor's job description exactly as to what is acceptable performance.  If, he exceeds the performance give a bonus (government bonuses are usually $5,000 to $10,000, annually for high ranking supervisors).  If they don't exceed performance, but meet it, they get to keep their job.  Small deficiencies -- no raise. As the deficiency increases -- then demotion or firing.  Spell it all out to them. 

If, they falsify federal documents -- fire and prosecute.

I recently called the local Veterans Affairs office asking about getting a veterans ID card.  I thought I would use it for some places that offer veteran discounts but when they told me that I would have to travel to Birmingham with my DD214, I changed my mind.

uandurine posted:

I recently called the local Veterans Affairs office asking about getting a veterans ID card.  I thought I would use it for some places that offer veteran discounts but when they told me that I would have to travel to Birmingham with my DD214, I changed my mind.

Didn't take that when I applied years ago.  Still have it stored away.  Only used it for a year of college after I got back from Nam and to guarantee my first home loan. 

direstraits posted:
uandurine posted:

I recently called the local Veterans Affairs office asking about getting a veterans ID card.  I thought I would use it for some places that offer veteran discounts but when they told me that I would have to travel to Birmingham with my DD214, I changed my mind.

Didn't take that when I applied years ago.  Still have it stored away.  Only used it for a year of college after I got back from Nam and to guarantee my first home loan. 

I used the college benefits starting in '72; I guess I must have used my 214 for proof of service.  I don't ever remember having a veteran's ID, maybe it's still in my duffel bag.

uandurine posted:
direstraits posted:
uandurine posted:

I recently called the local Veterans Affairs office asking about getting a veterans ID card.  I thought I would use it for some places that offer veteran discounts but when they told me that I would have to travel to Birmingham with my DD214, I changed my mind.

Didn't take that when I applied years ago.  Still have it stored away.  Only used it for a year of college after I got back from Nam and to guarantee my first home loan. 

I used the college benefits starting in '72; I guess I must have used my 214 for proof of service.  I don't ever remember having a veteran's ID, maybe it's still in my duffel bag.

Small cardboard card with blue printing. 

direstraits posted:
uandurine posted:
direstraits posted:
uandurine posted:

I recently called the local Veterans Affairs office asking about getting a veterans ID card.  I thought I would use it for some places that offer veteran discounts but when they told me that I would have to travel to Birmingham with my DD214, I changed my mind.

Didn't take that when I applied years ago.  Still have it stored away.  Only used it for a year of college after I got back from Nam and to guarantee my first home loan. 

I used the college benefits starting in '72; I guess I must have used my 214 for proof of service.  I don't ever remember having a veteran's ID, maybe it's still in my duffel bag.

Small cardboard card with blue printing. 

I'll have to check the miscellaneous junk drawer where little used collectibles seem to collect and seldom see the light of day.

The VA is working on giving every single veteran a ID card saying you served. And that is all it is good for which is mainly for you to use at places that give veterans discount. It cannot be used for the same purpose as a drivers license or a military retired ID card. It will have very limit use. Then you have to realize that most discounts are only good for veterans who retired from the military. You will have to ask for the card and pay a small fee for it, amount unknown at this time. The program is not ready yet & will not be for a couple of years yet. If you have ever filed a successful claim with the VA or received medical services from the VA then you should already have a VA Id picture card. Of course you have to qualify for these two programs.

The VA continues its clueless, extremely stupid, if not heartless attitude towards veterans.  Secretary McDonald made this outrageous statement today.

"McDonald told reporters that the VA has been trying to find ways to measure the quality of a veteran's health care experience.

McDonald's comments were not well received on social media. "He took his life and the day after, we got a call from the VA that a bed was available and then about 20 minutes later, we got a call from the suicide hotline returning his call", said Will Young, the brother of Tom Young. He also informed McDonald that Disney does, in fact, monitor its wait times - "that's why they keep them curving and winding and have monitors to pass the time"."

"What's important is what's your satisfaction with the experience", he continued.

 http://fayetteadvocate.com/201...times-so-why-should/

Someone, tell this idiot, that people go to Disney's for a holiday, not to wait for days, if not months, to see a doctor.  They are actually dying to be seen, many times in pain.

Today, the TD print edition had an article on the Choice card program.  VA is still dragging its feet paying doctors, while telling congress the $10 billion for the program should be reprogrammed for other use in VA.  This is an old, nasty bureaucratic trick. 

 

 

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