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Veteran Service At 'away' Va Med Centers

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Just inquring how a Veteran is normally treated at a "Away' VA clinic while traveling or visiting another area? Did that once and was shocked having to 're-register' to that particular VA, Sure feels like the VA med centers aren't participating together on a single data base. A process that could take as little as 30 minutes took 5 times as long, going thru several receptionists/checkin clerks,,,

My question is 'Whats Normal' about getting simple primary care at any VA ?

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Depends on the location they used to not have access to your records but my experience was not good. They will see you if its an emergency.

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I discovered this recently while looking into getting an electronic copy of my VAMC treatment records. The southeast regions did not have the capability to provide the data on CD/DVD format. After talking with some folks here on hadit, I learned that other regions had that capability. I called some of the other regions, like California, to see if they could make a disc containing my records and ship it to my VAMC. They could not even see me in the system. I checked a couple of other regions and to find the same situation.

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My experience was also not great.

I went to Ft Richardson (Helena) Montana ER for shortness of breath. There was an issue with me not being in their system but they got me in ER fairly quickly for treatment.

I was outta blood pressure meds because the mail thing doesn't work for me right now- I only get mail every 2 to 3 months.

They gave me a little medicine but said I had to have a Montana address to get in their system and get more.

So I got a P.O. box in Butte and when I returned for in-processing was able to get 3 months of BP meds. Couldn't be seen in Butte cuz their CBOC is full.

Why isn't the System national?

I also had to cross country for C & P exams. Seems like if they're uniform I could get an exam in Connecticut for a claim in Oregon.

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And.............this is the very SAME U. S. Dept. of Vegetarian Affairs that Gen. Sincity says is gonna be all hooked up with a universal computerized claim-filing, medical records, pharmacy and VBA "global-network" in just a few months?

uh-huh

meanwhile, I think I'm gonna go bar-b-que me a goat. it's hotter-n-hell here, time for a bbq and a cold Shiner Bock!

BTW, do not hold yer breath about the VA thing..........it ain't heppinin in our lifestime!

just sayin.............

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I also had to cross country for C & P exams. Seems like if they're uniform I could get an exam in Connecticut for a claim in Oregon.

I hope they paid you mileage for that trip!

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I hope they paid you mileage for that trip!

Vync- they pay mileage from your "home of record" which, for me, was about a mile or so from Portland VA! LOL

I've never claimed mileage.

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I winter in Arizona on the Nevada border. I have used both Las Vegas and Kingman/Prescott Az. VAMC. I live in Idaho and use Spokane Wa/Coeur d'Alene Id. VAMC. They all seem to have access to each others records. I had a GI bleed in Az and was hospitalized in Az and Nv. Confuses them a little though. I had to register at each states VAMC, but had no trouble getting treated anywhere. Also they now have a change of address form on prescriptions and you can change addresses temprarily.

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I would like to offer 2 cents to all of you considering for financial reasons, a change to the Philippine VA.

A whole lot of veterans live here, most of us do so or did so as we thought we would be homeless in the US...This was one way we "Thought " we could beat the low grade in Dollars we were getting. An Example 50 % gave you 900.00 US dollars per month. The only place I could find to live in the US was a Farmers pasture in my own tent. This was in the richest area of The Bay Area of California. The Napa wine country. You cannot rent a garage for 900 per month.If you are over 100% and you are over 180 % and you move to the Philippines, you are in for a shock. The VA here will refill your medications, and that is it....oh I forgot a flu shot once in awhile. No diagnostic treatment, other than xray, I asked the Patient advocate there if they would pay if I went into the hospital related to my heart condition, ( I am 100 % for that ) He said , Probably not. This was his written response. Lets say you are in our facility and you are having a heart attack, the DR will see you if they have time......It is your choice to sit on the curb and wait for an ambulance or to go home and die. We have no control of the event.

His words verbatim:

Dear Mr. ,

The VA Clinic in Manila has a unique eligibility regulation that has limited scope. The Clinic can only accommodate service connected veterans for mostly service connected care. If the care needed is not service connected, it is most likely that our Veterans will have to pay out of pocket and get care from the community. Complications to service connected disabilities are also not automatically considered as part of a service connected disability unless otherwise rated by the Regional Office as a secondary to a primary service connected disability.

Please understand that these limitations are only applicable in the Philippines being a facility outside the United States. Unless laws pertaining to these regulations are not amended, revised or charged, the scope of care provided by the VA Clinic in Manila remains limited.

So bottom line.....Your 100% or heart disease related to Agent Orange. The government will read word for word your award....if the exact wording is not used by the admitting DR....you will pay for it your self.

They will not treat you or help you. I've been here 5 years, nothing has changed except they built a New 150 million dollar facility and they all have very nice offices, but no additional benefit or care for the US veterans that are here. I wrote to many different politicos, Not one had the Grapes to answer my questions.

Warning: Do not come to the Philippines, Doing so will be hazardous to your health. Your Service to your country, DOES NOT MATTER HERE.

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