News Veteran tries to make an appointment at VA clinic

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  1. LaserT

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/veterans-health-care_us_56c7778de4b0ec6725e28aed

    WASHINGTON -- Army veteran Dennis Magnasco spent two days trying to get a doctor's appointment at his VA clinic in Bedford, Massachusetts, but he couldn't get through to anyone on the phone. So he and his boss, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), came up with another idea: filming.

    They set up a camera, put the call on speakerphone and dialed in again. For nearly five straight minutes, their video shows Magnasco being swept up in a loop of automated voices telling him to press different numbers, which sent him to other automated voices, which sent him back to the beginning of the original recording. Over. And over. And over again.

    Moulton, an Iraq War veteran himself who's introduced several bills aimed at fixing problems at VA, wanted to put a human face to the widespread problem vets have in accessing care. He posted their video on his Facebook page last week. It went viral.

    More than 2.1 million people read Moulton's post and watched the video. More than 20,000 people shared it. Within a few days, the VA fixed the phone system at its Bedford facility and Magnasco was able to make an appointment.


     
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    This is the world that we live in, and it's a crying shame.
     
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    I hear so many horrible stories about the VA. Maybe my family's been lucky in terms of my dad's care....but it seems like the VA actually does TOO MUCH for him at times.
     
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    our gubment loves soldiers until the shit is over and the vets need stuff. McCain, that scumbag, did dick for decades. lots of lip service, lots of i'm going to fix this and that a whole lot of nothing got fixed. the liquor industry loves him though so he has that going for him!


    career beerocrats know how to run shit into the ground. what we need, is to be able to access civilian docs and hospitals as needed. every time i make an appointment, it's 28 to 30 days wait. never over 30 though because somebody pulled that number out of their ass and decided that that was the limit.

    that being said, most of the time, the VA been berry berry good to me!
    :flag:
     
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    although there was that time when they had me on some med that put my heartrate very low. like 70 over 50. something ridiculous like that. i called and talked to nurses and they said well, that must be what the doc wants so don't worry about it. once i finally got through to the doc, about a month of having this very low heart rate, the second he heard what it was he said STOP IT!!!!!

    the idiots even told me that it was ok to work out with that ridiculously low heart beat. :mad:
     
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    I don't think you'll ever really see this change much
    I bet you could find vets from every war who'll tell you they felt truly left behind by their gov't once they came home

    shitty fucking deal
     
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    The military jerking guys around?
     
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    I go to the VA and honestly have never had a bad experience. Luckily the hospital I go to is in Illinois where there isn't a huge concentration of vets. I've been to the one in Phoenix years ago and that place is a zoo.
     
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    For fucks sake people! Can somebody please tell me who to blame!?!
     
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    50-70bpm? No wonder your so laid back..

    That and all the weed.
     
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    the weed keeps me from killing idiots and assholes! :grad:
     
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    I had to wait almost 30 days for a doctor's appointment one time and at the time I was married to a nurse who had great insurance and was going to the hospital she worked at to see the doctor. We eventually switched doctors, which maybe this army dude cant do but it happens in non-VA situations too.
     
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    You and me both

    :toke:
     
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    That's crazy. Glad you're OK. :thumbup2:
     
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    i also sat in the emergency room at the phx VA from 9 a.m.ish until 5 when i got up and left, as i had to move my car or it would be towed and i said fuck it and went home!

    the phoenix VA is very busy. tons of vets settle around here. when i see the nurse practitioner, which is most of the time, she is always on the run. when you have so many patients, shit happens. bad shit.
     
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    How does any of the human garbage in D.C keep a straight face with this crap going on.

    Noose, burning stake or chopping block for them all.
     
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    I don't have this problem on the NHS.
     
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    It is obviously not that important, as they are not the future voters. Most of our elected officials run on their great record of helping veterans, but none of them have it when it comes down to it - or to voting to help them. They help illegal aliens to expand their government power.
     
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    "We have met the enemy and it is us. " Pogo.
    Yeah I had trouble with The VA in the early 70's ....but I found a way around it. In NYC a lotta guys weer tryin to get a free ride for life they didn't deserve. You know disability in some form and quantity. They clog up the system ...But hey if it s free someone is gonna take it.
    We don t want to pay more taxes which is revenue , which govt agencies use to fund "oh shit the VA". So fuck us all ,each and every one.

    "Musky but not pooney" Mr X
     
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    Sometimes I have to wait 4 months to get into the dentist or specialist office, the doctors seem alright never really had a bad experience with them. The people working at the desks could be replaced with monkeys writing with bananas. Meds through the mail not bad. If you are filing any kind of claim be prepared to wait 2 years before they tell you that they are working on it...MOFO's