Health Care Fail?
Death and Corruption at a Veteran’s Affairs Hospital
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  • Corlyss

    In all the discussions about gov’t run health care for everyone, I’ve been waiting for someone to look to the Tri-Care “system,” for military retirees and their dependents and active-duty personnel dependents, for insights into how it functions.

    The choices in my experience (my late mother’s actually) are badly and not at all. When I heard of the double-bookkeeping to disguise months-long waits, I was reminded of the late 80s when my mother needed to get knee-replacement surgery and had to go thru Tri-Care. First, you could make an appt. only by calling on certain days between certain hours. Even if you called the appt. lines immediately they opened, they had no call-waiting; you either got in at once or you kept calling back for all the hours they were open. Usually after the initial hours of the first day, all the appointments were taken. Then when you finally got in to see the triage PA or doctor, they would refer you to a specialist, in her case at Walter Reed. But they didn’t make the appt. for you. You had to go thru the same frustrating effort to get thru a few phone lines during limited hours. Then when she finally got thru to make an appt. with the orthopedic doctor at Walter Reed, the appt. clerk laughed and told her, “Lady, the earliest we can book you for just a preliminary appt. is more than 6 months out.” At which point I pitched a fit, took over the process, got her signed up with my boss’ doctor at National Orthopedic Hospital, a civilian establishment. She actually got the surgery before she could have gotten an appt. thru the Tri-Care system.

    This, boys and girls, is the future of medical care under the ACA.

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