Review: "Overcrowding Forces Tennessee VA Clinics to Stop Accepting New Patients" - NPR
This article was submitted (and well written) by Emily Siner of Nashville Public Radio http://www.npr.org/2016/04/22/474388101/overcrowding-forces-tennessee-va-clinic-to-stop-accepting-new-patients I try not to be sensational. But let's be clear: we knowingly hurt our veterans. The VA and Tricare/Champus military insurance are all products created to provide care but have morphed into huge barriers to quality, local, affordable healthcare. We might as well walk up to a ve
Q: Can I get a copy of my disability report?
"Can I get a copy of my disability report?" This was from a veteran. My response: no, you can't. At some point – maybe after the public shaming by folks like Jon Stewart – the government decided to allow veterans who were underserved by the Veterans Administration (VA) to see providers in their local areas. The setup goes something like this: The VA gives a wad of cash to a private business that sets up a streamlined process to get records to private medical providers. The pr
Review: "Caring For Our Vets" – KERA.org
This was an interesting discussion between Krys Boyd of NPR/KERA's Think radio program and Dr. Harold Kudler, chief consultant for Mental Health Services for the VA system. Being a physician is like a brother/sisterhood. I do my best not to disparage other physicians, even when I think they are wrong. But this interview had lots of glaring oversights, only a few that I want to mention. [If it was working, we wouldn't be talking about it.] Dr. Kudler thankfully made mention th
Q: How does your plan improve care for veterans?
"How does your plan improve care for veterans?" This question was asked by my Dad who is a Vietnam vet. I appreciate the men and women of the military who take an oath to go out and fight for what we stand for. It's noble and wonderful, and I believe they should get the very best care. But I also believe that no person in the states is any better than any other person, uniform or not, and that all people deserve the best care in a timely fashion. Our current veteran system is