posted on Oct, 30 2008 @ 11:06 PM
Hey, OP. I agree with you very much. While I only have to drive 45 miles one way for medical care, usually, I do have to drive 195 miles one way for
follow up appointments for my kidney transplant. I used to use dialysis. The particular method I found that worked best for me was peritoneal
dialysis. This method did not require having all my blood removed and cleansed every other day. Instead I had tubes in my abdomen and was able to
change and fill myself with a salt solution 4 times a day. Inconvenient, yes, but to me, better than laying in bed for 4 or 5 hours every other day
and feeling like crap every day. But the VA hospitals did not supply this method and I relied on Medicare and a private dialysis center. Cost me over
1400 dollars a month out of pocket for me, and that didn't include what medicare paid the clinic. I contacted my congressman and asked why can't the
VA support this type of dialysis. My answer was, "because the VA doesn't support this type of dialysis." DUH!!! Great answer, eh? Meanwhile the
next election I am happy to say I helped to vote the moron out of office. Anyway, because I asked about this and the congressman's office checked
into my question, the medical folks at my VA were angry with me and treated me like crap ever since, because I was a "trouble maker". VA: always
the last to get new methods and materials. Outrageous, ever changing requirements to get an appointment. Call all day for an appointment that they
tell you, you need and finally get through to someone and they give you another number. Call all the next day and finally get an answering machine and
leave a message, name and number. After a few days receive a call and then find out the appointment you were required to have right away will have to
wait 3 months for. By then your meds have run out. Then all sorts of additional hassles to try to find the doctor to reorder the meds. Of course, the
doc usually is on contract and is only in his VA hospital for one day a week. Rant mode is off.
Good luck with your VA experience.
Oh, in answer to your question. Beats the hell outta me.