VA Healthcare leaving me hanging on a potentially quite serious issue
In order to save myself time typing, I’m just going to post the information that I did on other media previously regarding this issue. Any input or advice would be appreciated, and I also just wanted to make it known publicly in case I end up dead because of this or anything.
Original public post (Aug. 5th):
Welp, so much for bowling tonight. I guess I'm gonna go back to the ER again and try to find out what's up with these chest pains getting worse and so much more frequent.
I love how the VA is now required by law (see below) to refer me to an outside, local, provider for any wait longer than 30 days for an appointment. Hell, I'm also eligible because I have to travel more than 40 miles, as well. Yet my original appointment was June 26th, and it's only getting worse, and even when I called and tried to get the VA Choice program people to hook me up, they couldn't because 'I wasn't on the list'.
This is pissing me the fuck off. What the fuck happens to my son if I up and die? It's not like I have any backup here.
Post from today (Aug. 10th):
It appears that the VA Healthcare system and Choice program is bound up by pointless procedure to be able to do anything in my cardiac situation of their creation. Talked to 4 agencies today who all said "Thanks for your service, but there isn't jack shit we can do to help you get in to your cardiology appointment tomorrow, nor to resolve this situation in any way."
Pro-bono lawyer time. At the very least I've got a physical and mental suffering case going on here, not to mention the simple fact of the VA Choice laws being blatantly disregarded here.
By the way, people, I want to make a point here that I hope might bring some understanding about government healthcare. While the VA Healthcare System has some very significant issues, these problems are due to chronic and severe underfunding by congress, not due to government healthcare being a bad thing in general. How is any organization (private or government) supposed to function at this level of inadequate funding? It effects everything from the caliber of professionals that they can hire, to simple understaffing, to outdated technology, to continuing education and current applicable procedures and research for their professionals. Do not take this as a rebuke of government funded medicine, which I still fully support. What I don't support is the greedy, lobbyist-catering dipshits in congress (not to mention the president sitting on important VA Healthcare legislation while he golfs).
So yeah, time to go to the local walk-in clinic, and see if they can get me a quicker referral to a cardiologist. Of course, this will rack up more bills that I have no hope of repaying any time soon. Two verified EKG abnormalities, and at least one heart condition going on, and this is the best they can do. My new cardiology appointment through the VA isn’t scheduled until Oct. 20th of this year. Give me a break.