Care outside the VA system - if indeed it is a totally hands-off situation for docs, and is completely outside the VA system - will work well, but only until ObamaCare totally ruins private care in a few more years.
I’m no longer taking new Medicare patients, nor is anyone else locally in my specialty, but I do accept new Tricare folks out of a sense of patriotism, and would accept VA patients that came to me with that insurance. My intake process has a wait time of about a week, generally.
What I won’t do is accept anyone who expects to still get their meds or labs at the VA, or has any other tie to that bureaucracy that would make delivery of good care difficult or aggravating. Nor will I put up with any record-keeping requirements that are any more onerous than the ones Tricare already requires.
I have a feeling the VA and I will not see eye to eye, and that I will end up seeing very few of their patients even if they do put this into place. We’ll see.
Would you accept someone who doesn’t have insurance at all?
I ask mostly because I can’t afford the current premiums, and I also don’t qualify for Medicaid—though to be honest, I don’t want to qualify for that.
Is it any different for you in that situation?
Thank you, Dr. for the long years you spent in training and experience to get to where you are. Because your knowledge and true skill is rare, the envious, many of whom can be found in the legal profession, went to work to enslave your power to themselves long ago. It happened when too many of them could not pass the Medcat to get into medical school themselves. Place on top of that, the love and respect most people invest in their physicians and you become a target for those who lust for dictatorship, so they must either, enslave you, your knowledge and experience, or they must destroy you. Sometimes I wonder what the powers that be are smoking, drinking or using, to be so diligent in their destruction of the very systems which could end up wiping them and theirs out right along with the rest of us. It is unreal and it is insane. God bless you, Dr., for soon this population will long for direct access to your services and you will not be available. I ask myself a hard question..Is this insanity a clever and devious genocidal plan of some kind where deaths will occur in large numbers from no care and few will be the wiser for it? Are the “death panels,” made up of “20 something’s” now firmly in place? This I do know..The party in power will not investigate. Perhaps the equally young heroes, who have “seen the lion and heard the owl” in Afghanstan will rise to the occasion and awaken our population to what they know. I saw some of them on TV this week..They know what is going on all over the place in this government and they are not happy! There is hope.
Why no Medicare? Don’t you have an ethical duty to see sick people as they come to you to the extent of your ability and regardless of their insurance?