Skip to comments.Strange experience with the VA Clinic
Posted on 05/21/2014 3:28:31 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
I recently received a phone call from the local VA Clinic. They left a message to inform me of an upcoming appointment. It said I needed to fast.
Yesterday, I received two letters from the VA. They were together in one envelope. One letter provided the same information as the phone message and confirmed the appointment. The other letter informed me that the appointment was cancelled.
I called the clinic and they assured me that I still was still scheduled for the appointment. I asked about fasting and they told me to come one week prior to have blood drawn.
Any ideas as to what's going on?
I got signed up again recently
3 weeks ago, I went in for a normal checkup
I was told I needed an appointment, so I made one
My appointment, made 3 weeks ago, is after Summer starts
I wouldn’t think too much of it were it not for recent events.
When I retired I was warned missed VA Appointments can result in a termination of benefits. That caused me to wonder a bit...
My Primary Care Team does blood workups before I see my Team Dr. Then he has everything for a thorough checkup.
Next time you go in get signed up for a premier myHealthVet membership. That way you can email your provider directly when things like this come up.
I’ll check that out. Thanks!
If they offer you a shower for “delousing,” get the hell out of there as fast as your feet can carry you.
Mine does the same thing.
So...don’t let them shave my head either?
I have been very fortunate with my Veteran’s Health Insurance experiences. I would suggest you confirm by phone that yes, you still have an appointment, find out who your provider will be, then ask for the first name and phone extention of the person helping you. If you just started, they may want a Means Test filled out. I may or may not have the correct phrase.
This “Means Test” is a short report where you list your sources of income and any other sources of insurance, secondary, tertiary. The Means Test helps the billing dept. decide if you must pay an out of pocket co-pay with each office visit and /or with each prescription. I’m supposed to pay a small co-pay with my appointments. I never pay on that day of the appointment. I will mail in an amount later that month, to keep my debt to them low. I am most appreciative of having this health insurance now, more so as little problems of aging appear of never really go away,(asthma, arthritis) and I’m not even ‘OLD’ old yet at 57.
You find the usual variety of demeanor with providers, some have an easy going bedside manner, others may also be well trained and nice people, but are so hyper and jumpy, I almost feel my blood pressure rising just to be in their presence. This trait of hyperactive, multitasking doctors is likely to increase with the advent of new monitoring tools like GoogleGlass, which would allow a doctor to view your entire file from their headworn device. The trick will be getting the doctor to talk to you, vs talk to the air while he stares up at that corner on his GoogleGlass. Some doctors will put their ‘toys’ away for a while, if the patient expresses that they are disturbed and feel ignored.
I also expect that we may be given the option soon of having an appointment on SKYPE, or viewer phone, so that one does not need to actually be in the office with the doctor for minor issues. I’d still prefer being there. I would want to send a SKYPE doctor a song from Pink Floyd, the one entitled “Wish You Were Here!”
I’d start worrying if they chip you or try to tattoo a number on your arm...
I’ve been in the VA system for about three years and this has never happened. That’s why I’m surprised and curious.
Better bring along several witnesses. They may have read your posts here and want to off you.....
Probably just a minor mishap. The computer automatically spits out appointment confirmation letters and cancellation ones too. They just usually are more organized not to send both at once. Most times, the most recent decision is the correct (updated) decision.
Watch out also if you see a sign on a door that says Soylent Green ingrediant receiving. Dont go in.
Well at least they tried to notify you so you didn’t have to wait to find out about it on the news.
Make sure you check-in w/ the receptionist 15-20 minutes BEFORE your appointment is scheduled.
Just heard about a vet who was kicked out even tho he had an appt-—b/c he had not checked in beforehand.
Only half-joking or less. Bureaucratic ineptitude is ubiquitous, but provides plausible deniability for any evil to be perpetrated under the sun.