A friend of IP4PI shares yet another VA failure:
A VA patient came to me with a one month history of RUQ/R lower ribs pain. The VA had diagnosed him with “constipation” and prescribed laxatives, but despite a thorough bowel emptying, he was no better. I started with, “How did this begin?” He said he was shoveling some gravel on a hilltop, slipped and tumbled down. He had a rib fracture! I used to work at the VA, so I know how this went: “I’m having pain here (under R ribs) and..” (doctor staring at computer, knowing someone in admin is watching his screen too, making certain he clicks all the right boxes, so they get their bonus checks) “Yes, yes, RUQ abdominal pain. We’ll do an abdominal film” Showed constipation. Prescribe laxative. Next.. Most lay people can tell the difference between a fracture and a turd, but not (turns out) a doctor with their face in a computer and a gun to their head.
IP4PI Founder Dr. Craig Wax has published a trilogy of op-eds devoted to American Veterans:
VA to vets: Delay, deny, wait till they die.”
As a physician, I have the privilege of knowing and helping thousands of individuals. One patient in particular stands out as a victim of government’s malignant ineptitude. He is an affable, hardworking 71-year-old male, who is a veteran of the Vietnam War. There was no Veterans Day parade for him but scorn and disdain, given the anti-war sentiment at the time.
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/dec/1/craig-m-wax-va-vets-delay-deny-hope-they-die/
More VA delaying, denying, and more vets dying.
This is the second installment of my VA mistreatment and stonewalling veterans series. These experiences were shared by a patient, who is a Vietnam veteran.
Read more: http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jan/31/craig-m-wax-more-va-delaying-denying-and-waiting-u/
A Veterans Affairs reform that can work.
I have been heartened in recent months to see moves towards exactly this solution, which was previously touted by Dr. Ben Carson. Executive branch officials working on this issue have given strong indications that they see Tricare as the model for veterans healthcare.
Read more: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/a-veterans-affairs-reform-that-can-work/article/2603066#!
“We’re on military insurance. When the first round of ACA went into effect, our premium jumped about $20. Which wasn’t horrible. Then we realized our coverage dropped. We used to pay $10-15 for the office visit co-pay. Now we’re paying $50-80 depending on the Doctor we visit. And getting approval for procedures (i.e. Gallbladder surgery) was horrible.”