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Old 12-24-2016, 07:38 AM   #1
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VA Appointment and meds

I am a 100% SC and was staying at Gulfport. I needed a expidited dental service so I contacted the local VA hospital in Biloxi. I was referred to eligibility office which gave me a temp address and my medical records were transferred. The dental office then provided same day service. This also allowed my meds to be mailed directly to me. I thought this might help our traveling DAV'S get medical treatment.
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Old 12-27-2016, 10:08 AM   #2
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I am a 100% SC and was staying at Gulfport. I needed a expidited dental service so I contacted the local VA hospital in Biloxi. I was referred to eligibility office which gave me a temp address and my medical records were transferred. The dental office then provided same day service. This also allowed my meds to be mailed directly to me. I thought this might help our traveling DAV'S get medical treatment.
I imagine this would work for those of us less than 100% SC. I often wondered how getting healthcare while on the road would work within the VA system.
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Old 12-28-2016, 07:45 PM   #3
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I'm not service connected and when I hurt my back, I went to the local VA (Reno, NV) ER and was taken care of. No issue.

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Old 12-28-2016, 08:26 PM   #4
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I'm not service connected and when I hurt my back, I went to the local VA (Reno, NV) ER and was taken care of. No issue.

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You know I often associate VA health care with disability. I know the two are not related. Been using the VA for health care for about two years now. No one told me I was eligible until my son got out of the Army. He dragged my but in and told me to get signed up.
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Old 12-29-2016, 02:14 PM   #5
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VAs are getting better. I was a vso for several years, and worked at the VA in Oregon. I was talking to the Portland director the other day, and Portland is trying to go to same-day access for all of the primary care appointments. I think it is getting better. Good to see that it works when you're on the road, because I'm hoping to go full-time starting this spring.
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Old 12-29-2016, 02:16 PM   #6
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You know I often associate VA health care with disability. I know the two are not related. Been using the VA for health care for about two years now. No one told me I was eligible until my son got out of the Army. He dragged my but in and told me to get signed up.
I recently started using my VA health benefits (Vietnam Vet) also, and have found the service outstanding. I guess it depends on your location in regard to accessibility of your own benefits. I'm in NE Ohio...it does take some time to see a specialist, but if it's not urgent, I can wait. If you are eligible for benefits, and not using them, go sign up soon...you deserve these benefits!
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Old 12-29-2016, 02:34 PM   #7
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Last spring I was traveling in my motorhome through Texas and got sick in San Antonio. Went to the Audie Murphy VA hospital there and was hospitalized for 2 days. Great care. And no trouble on the road.
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Old 12-29-2016, 02:39 PM   #8
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I am a 100% SC and was staying at Gulfport. I needed a expidited dental service so I contacted the local VA hospital in Biloxi. I was referred to eligibility office which gave me a temp address and my medical records were transferred. The dental office then provided same day service. This also allowed my meds to be mailed directly to me. I thought this might help our traveling DAV'S get medical treatment.
I had a very hard time getting my Meds mailed to me last winter when I was in Florida and my VA is Durham NC. I only got them mailed because the CG office excepted UPS. I asked if I could just go to the Miami VA and get my meds there they said NO. The Pharmacist in Durham had to approve it. It Took 3 mos to get that approval. Had to give them the start date and return date. I can go to any VA if I need medical attention anybody can as long as you have a VA ID card, but getting meds are different. I'm a 100% SC rated and still had a hard time. As far as getting better not that I have seen and been going to them since 1972.... PS: now that they have computerized your records through the DOD it might be easier. But I still think traveling around monthly you can run into a problem unless you can pick them up at a VA in person. As far as I know they will not allow that. At least not out of Durham NC VA....
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Old 12-29-2016, 03:56 PM   #9
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I'm a Vietnam vet who just started using the VA medical system a couple of years ago. I require ongoing blood work and, later this year, expect to have significantly increased needs for drug supplies. I discovered that the VA is a regionally organized system and that, for ongoing care, I needed to register with each VA region where I expect to receive services.

I'm currently registered with VA systems in Ohio, New Mexico, and California; areas where I tend to spend extended periods of time. All of my required tests are ordered by the Ohio area where I get most of my care. When I'm traveling, all I need to do is to notify the local clinic that I'm coming in for blood work and they pull the orders from Ohio and perform the blood draw.

The only down side of this process is that the Ohio physician needs to know where I had the blood drawn so he can retrieve the results from that VA's system.

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Only rated 40% but very pleased with my prior VA docs in Warren OH ~ Cleveland VA. Now Supply NC clinic and Fayetteville VA have been good also. With the new Super Clinic in Wilmington NC rarely need to go to Fayetteville. So far, specialists have been provided by local private providers.
I received a notice through MyHeatheVet stating if going away again provide them with an address and dates.
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