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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    Agreed.... I just retired from the VA...

    Contact the regional call center at 1-800-827-1000.... ask for a supervisor, and tell 'em what's goin' on. Hopefully, they'll be able to assist.
    Thank you. Called this moring and funny how they could get to the front desk and the clinic found an opening tomorrow at 3:15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathleenElsie View Post
    Thank you. Called this moring and funny how they could get to the front desk and the clinic found an opening tomorrow at 3:15.
    Glad things worked out, and happy I could be of assistance.

    Not that you need to be led by the hand, but permit me a suggestion......

    When you go tomorrow, and you're standing in front of the check-in desk, the person sitting there will have an ID badge on. Ask to see it, and write their name down, (you have a right to see that badge if that person has access to your personal medical information) then ask for their telephone extension. If you meet any resistance (hopefully not) then tell them that another VA employee (ME) told you remind that person that Veterans are why they have a job at the VA. Also ask for the name and number of the patient advocate. That is another person that's paid to be on your side.

    With those names and phone numbers you can bypass virtually all the computer-generated phone menus.

    The vast majority of VA employees will do whatever they can for a Veteran, but alas, some just "have a job". The many years I worked there, I ruffled lots of management feathers, but I took care of the Veterans, as best I could.

    Thanks for your service....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    Glad things worked out, and happy I could be of assistance.

    Not that you need to be led by the hand, but permit me a suggestion......

    When you go tomorrow, and you're standing in front of the check-in desk, the person sitting there will have an ID badge on. Ask to see it, and write their name down, (you have a right to see that badge if that person has access to your personal medical information) then ask for their telephone extension. If you meet any resistance (hopefully not) then tell them that another VA employee (ME) told you remind that person that Veterans are why they have a job at the VA. Also ask for the name and number of the patient advocate. That is another person that's paid to be on your side.

    With those names and phone numbers you can bypass virtually all the computer-generated phone menus.

    The vast majority of VA employees will do whatever they can for a Veteran, but alas, some just "have a job". The many years I worked there, I ruffled lots of management feathers, but I took care of the Veterans, as best I could.

    Thanks for your service....
    LOL lead me. I'll take any help I can get and pass it on to others. I also understand that our clinic is way understaffed. What with all of us that are eligible for the care and the lack of other health services for many of us it has overwhelmed them in many ways. When people tell me they are all for the public option in healthcare I tell them to "watch what you wish for you just might get it".

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathleenElsie View Post
    LOL lead me. I'll take any help I can get and pass it on to others. I also understand that our clinic is way understaffed. What with all of us that are eligible for the care and the lack of other health services for many of us it has overwhelmed them in many ways. When people tell me they are all for the public option in healthcare I tell them to "watch what you wish for you just might get it".

    Exactly.... what many folks don't realize is that 20 years ago, the VA was staffed to handle the number of Veterans who needed care. Since the Gulf War started, the Veterans have been told to register with the VA, but the VA has not been staffed to handle the increased number of Veterans, nor has funding for the VA increased enough to handle the patient load.

    Glad you got in, stay well
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    I have been in the VA system for 55 years. I have had, at least, 7 major in-patient surgeries, including both knees replaced and later revision of both knees. The care, at all levels, has been outstanding. There is a VA hosputal about 40 miles away and a VA Clinic about 10 miles away. The Clinic handles my primary care and all of my prescriptions.
    Having said that, I also have Medicare abd AARP, and all emergencies and non-service connected issues are done in civilian facilities. Primarily as a matter of convienence and as stated by another poster, no residents

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    Yea, and this is what all the kool-aid drinkers seem to want and voted for when they put these people in office. Medical field overhaul, ok, but a recreation? Thats what the government did and I don't like it. I don't like the VA because it is what our private system is going to turn into - if it isn't there already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bionicskip View Post
    I have been in the VA system for 55 years. I have had, at least, 7 major in-patient surgeries, including both knees replaced and later revision of both knees. The care, at all levels, has been outstanding. There is a VA hosputal about 40 miles away and a VA Clinic about 10 miles away. The Clinic handles my primary care and all of my prescriptions.
    Having said that, I also have Medicare abd AARP, and all emergencies and non-service connected issues are done in civilian facilities. Primarily as a matter of convienence and as stated by another poster, no residents
    Well, then count your lucky stars. Around here it is not very will rated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by handgonnetoter View Post
    Well, then count your lucky stars. Around here it is not very will rated.

    Have you taken the time to speak with, or otherwise contact the local VA Director? Those folks have an open door policy. If you're a Veteran eligible for VA health care, you may make an appointment to speak with the folks in charge of that facility and address your concerns.

    If yer car breaks down, your mechanic can't begin to fix it until he knows it's broke.

    On the other hand, I'm not a VA rep of any sort, but I still have some connections. If you would care to PM me, I may be able to make a suggestion or two.

    Regards, Jay
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    Quote Originally Posted by handgonnetoter View Post
    Yea, and this is what all the kool-aid drinkers seem to want and voted for when they put these people in office. Medical field overhaul, ok, but a recreation? Thats what the government did and I don't like it. I don't like the VA because it is what our private system is going to turn into - if it isn't there already.
    I guess the only questions I have, Are you a veteran and have you ever used a VA facility???

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    Had my appointment today. Am now being referred to a specialist. So they will notify me when that appointment is. I am being put on priority.
    Given three more meds. Not much advice, but I did not expect much as I am already doing everything to help myself now. They really are understaffed. Sadly the facility is four times larger then the number of people assigned there. They are all nice and work with you once you get in to see someone.

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