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Posted By: steross In Response To: In my surgery I was a subject... (Igor)
Date: 21 Dec 01, 5:49 pm
In Response To: In my surgery I was a subject... (Igor)
I do feel for you and your situation but I have a different take on the subject of VA medicine. I firmly believe that VA/military medicine should go away except for keeping a small contingent of military medical people for war time or overseas situations. It is a failed, bloated bureaucracy. Military members, dependents, and veterans should get low cost insurance through the gov. like civil servants get. The problem is whenever any such cutback is initiated the veterans groups lobby and pull at the patriotic heartstrings of congress. As much as they complain about the care, they definitely don't want it to go away. Here is the big reason why this occurs:
It is free! Totally free. I see people come in to military/VA emergency rooms to get Tylenol (then complain about the three hour wait!) I've seem them in the ER for pimples, to get chap stick prescribed etc. I've seen veterans claim to be suicidal to get admitted for a few meals and a warm bed. Please let me know if anyone else's insurance or HMO would allow such abuse. Every time some of them get a cold, they are seeking medical care, there is no disincentive. This overloads the system, creating the frustration that leads to the attitude of Igor's nurses, and possibly even the potentially poor care he described. (I'm not condoning the attitude, just explaining it.) The masses scamming for cheap but unnecessary care dilutes the care of those truly in need.
Unless they start a co-pay, deductible, or some other form of payment, I just see more of the same continuing. In the capitalism of the U.S., cost gives value and until the veterans value the system enough to give a token amount of money to it, it will remain worthless. Even $3-5 a visit would end much of the silliness.
I think that is enough off topic posting, I just wanted to present a different side of this situation as, like card counting, VA/military medicine is something very easy to villianize by those with little understanding of it.
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