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Military Personnel are Blessed with VA Medical and Dental privileges. For me personally I have not had any major problems, except for the Emergency room, taking so long to be seen. But You have to realize that they get slot of Patients ALL day. Each patient has different health issues and each one is unique and takes different amount of time to take care of each person. You just have to be patient and understand this.
I have been to the Miami, Phoenix, and La Jolla VA medical centers. The La Jolla VA center is by far the worst facility. I actually moved away from San Diego to get away from the La Jolla VA center. Unfortunately, personal reasons forced me back to San Diego area and this facility.
The quality of medical care at the VA is inferior and humiliating to dissuade others from seeking care. Every dollar spent on you; means one less dollar for another veteran. This is how the US Government funds the VA and thanks you for your service. The VA separate but equal medical care system sole purpose is to reduce the financial burden on the government.
To save the government money, VA doctors are encouraged to deny treatments to its patients. The bad VA doctors will mislead you on your medical status hoping you will go home and die, seek treatment elsewhere, or get better on your own. The good VA doctors will tell you they are not allowed to prescribe the correct treatment because of budgetary constraints.
When you read reviews for the La Jolla VA, remember veterans are generally grateful for any type of treatment from their government and will overlook the obvious. Other veterans that want to complain take their life in their hands due to retaliation.
Are there good outcomes in the VA system? YES.
Are veterans needlessly suffering and dying due to the VA system? YES.
Would any other group in this country tolerate the VA medical care system? NO
Are veterans given better treatment than illegal aliens? NO
Thank you America for your service.
The VA tries to do a great job to help out veterans, but they really can't. There just isn't enough staff. The people on the phone are often rude, dismissive and disrespectful. Some of the doctors of the staff are also rude. I can imagine it is difficult.
There are other doctors and nurses, therapist, etc, who are very kind and caring. There are lots of programs (especially in the mental heath area) to help veterans out. So, I can't be too critical.
Also, as a veteran with a disability rating, I don't have to pay anything, so, any kind of service is excellent for me!
Ive been here 4hours ...and I still have not been seen. How can this change?
Unfortunately, there seems to be a lack of consistency. Your care seems to depend on the particular case manager, provider, or services. I still don't understand how Civilians are diagnosing and treating Veterans - we need more Veterans in these positions.
Avoid going into mental health inpatient - you can go in self-admitted, but they control when you get out. If you have a choice between VA or out-in-town; go out-in-town for your care. Providers both inpatient and outpatient overdose patients to keep them "zombied-out."
Everything you say or do can and will be held against you for the VA's benefit. If you are filing a claim, expect to be denied and have to file an appeal.
My first choice, if I had no other choices.