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Strange experience with the VA Clinic
21 May 2014 | My Self

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?


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: healthcare; va; veteran

1 posted on 05/21/2014 3:28:31 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

no clue

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


2 posted on 05/21/2014 3:34:48 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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To: RaceBannon

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...


3 posted on 05/21/2014 3:37:57 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
The affirmative action clerk that stuffs envelops cannot read them, so it should not surprise.
4 posted on 05/21/2014 3:38:39 PM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

My Primary Care Team does blood workups before I see my Team Dr. Then he has everything for a thorough checkup.


5 posted on 05/21/2014 3:42:07 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

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.


6 posted on 05/21/2014 3:43:42 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: montanajoe

I’ll check that out. Thanks!


7 posted on 05/21/2014 3:47:16 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

If they offer you a shower for “delousing,” get the hell out of there as fast as your feet can carry you.


8 posted on 05/21/2014 3:49:37 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: ExpatGator
My Primary Care Team does blood workups before I see my Team Dr. Then he has everything for a thorough checkup.

Mine does the same thing.

9 posted on 05/21/2014 3:50:37 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Joe 6-pack

So...don’t let them shave my head either?


10 posted on 05/21/2014 3:54:07 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

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!”


11 posted on 05/21/2014 3:57:49 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

I’d start worrying if they chip you or try to tattoo a number on your arm...


12 posted on 05/21/2014 3:58:47 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
I don't qualify for VA care but I'd say that if it's not too big an inconvenience for ya I'd show up for the appointment.The worst they can say is that they can't see you.If showing up *is* difficult I'd call the patient representative's office.Civilian hospitals have them...I'd be surprised if VA hospitals/clinics didn't as well.
13 posted on 05/21/2014 3:59:45 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: lee martell

I’ve been in the VA system for about three years and this has never happened. That’s why I’m surprised and curious.


14 posted on 05/21/2014 4:00:50 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Better bring along several witnesses. They may have read your posts here and want to off you.....


15 posted on 05/21/2014 4:10:35 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

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.


16 posted on 05/21/2014 4:10:42 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse; Joe 6-pack

Watch out also if you see a sign on a door that says Soylent Green ingrediant receiving. Dont go in.


17 posted on 05/21/2014 4:11:24 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Well at least they tried to notify you so you didn’t have to wait to find out about it on the news.


18 posted on 05/21/2014 4:13:19 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: RaceBannon

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.


19 posted on 05/21/2014 4:17:41 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
Perhaps they want to confuse you. That way your medical record will indicate that you are... confused. Which will lead to another letter regarding your 2nd amendment rights (or lack thereof).

Only half-joking or less. Bureaucratic ineptitude is ubiquitous, but provides plausible deniability for any evil to be perpetrated under the sun.

20 posted on 05/21/2014 4:18:10 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Hmmmm...looks like Obama is trying to cover his tracks.


21 posted on 05/21/2014 4:30:53 PM PDT by livius
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To: ExpatGator

expatGator wrote:
“My Primary Care Team does blood workups before I see my Team Dr. Then he has everything for a thorough checkup.”

I could get there at 0730, or as near the bus gets there - and my sauntering into the building, wait an hour for ‘my number’, get my blood drawn, already be late for my ekg - and wait for an hour (one guy show), then since i’m already late, and i’m shaking ‘cause I had not eaten, I go eat something in that newly built/remodeled cafeteria that still hasn’t got crap, and then go and still wait another two hours to see my Dr. Boombahtz, and the lab results are not there yet! So, that puts me after 1230.


22 posted on 05/21/2014 4:40:30 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

I know a Vietnam vet who just recently got into the system and they told him the same thing about missing appointments.


23 posted on 05/21/2014 4:46:23 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Terry L Smith

Yes, I have been to some HORRIBLE VA facilities. However, the one I am at now is awesome. I am often seen early.


24 posted on 05/21/2014 5:07:13 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: Liz
ust heard about a vet who was kicked out even tho he had an appt-—b/c he had not checked in beforehand.

A few weeks ago I went in for a 0930 appointment. I got there around 0915 and, while I was in line, a tech came out of the clinic and called my name. I got out of line and reported to the tech. He said that I had already checked in at 0745 and that was his 4th time out calling for me.

25 posted on 05/21/2014 5:25:48 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (The bill was the subject of a truly awe-inspiring tsunami of poorly informed indignation. Rich Lowry)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy

Efficient bunch, aren’t they (sarc)?


26 posted on 05/21/2014 5:42:46 PM PDT by Liz
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To: shotgun

What kind of imbecile finds out what’s going on in his AOR after the fact and from the news media?


27 posted on 05/21/2014 5:51:44 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: ExpatGator

The one in Helena, Montana, was great. So far no complaints about Shreveport.


28 posted on 05/21/2014 5:54:31 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy

A liberal had intended to vote in your name but was confused about the location. ;-)


29 posted on 05/21/2014 5:55:58 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Lousy management


30 posted on 05/21/2014 5:58:48 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

His royal un-awareness himself!


31 posted on 05/21/2014 6:29:05 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
Having developed an eye problem this year, I hoped I could have some continuity of treatments while summering in a distant state. So, after my first (ever) application for VA benefits, I received a letter saying, "You earn too much money for VA benefits; however, if you served in Afghanistan or your complaint involves a sexual attack"—then we can see you."

​​≡≡8-O

32 posted on 05/23/2014 5:37:02 AM PDT by Does so ("Miranda Warnings" and loss of "Common-Law Marriage" = 2 Big Mistakes...)
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