My father was a patient at the Chillicothe, Ohio VA Hospital. I took him to his appointments. My father was at the hospital at least once a month, for at least the last two years of his life, getting tests of one type or another. He was a patient there for decades. The VA hospital discovered that he had terminal cancer three weeks before he died from it. Kind of odd though, cause a few years before that, the VA clinic in Ft. Myers, Florida found spots in an x-ray of my fathers liver. When they did a follow-up at the VA in Chillicothe, they had magically disappeared. When my father passed, his liver was eaten up with cancer and his lungs were so full of cancerous tumors that a blind man would not have missed them. That's case #1
Case # 2: Up until a month or so ago, I was a patient at the same hospital. Do to sever pain, I have been on 5mg several times a day of oxycodone. I've been taking them for over a decade with no problems at all. The hospital tried to switch me to methadone several years ago. Only to find out that I was allergic to it, so back to the oxycodone. No problem, never had a problem with it to start with and it has always worked well for me. A few weeks ago, with no warning, when it was time to renew my prescription. I was told that I would no longer be getting oxycodone. That they were switching me to methadone even though I'm allergic and they would give me another pill that would reduce the allergy affects of the methadone. Wow, I no longer have the right to chose my own medical treatment. Sounds professionally stupid. And it was the VA providers decision not my VA doctors. I was told that there was nothing that I could do about it. Fixing something that wasn't broken (sound familiar) and running me away from the VA. It was bad enough that when I have my pain meds sent to me every month because I live so far from them. Every month I have to call at least twice for my meds. The first call was to order my pain meds and then I’d have to call close to the UPS delivery date (always one day before I was to take them) to make sure that they did their job and shipped them. And many time’s had I not made that second call I would have suffered the weekend - many time’s. When these sort of problems came up, I had a VA employee that I called my go to girl. After the brown teams nurse, Susan messed up my pain meds. This girl Amy was the only one there that I trusted to get the job done and done right. Well the VA didn’t like that so they made it harder and harder for me to get a hold of her and now I can’t speak with her at all. A veteran/disabled does not need this kind of aggravation in their life and it is not the veterans job to make sure that the VA does their job. I now doctor elsewhere, I buy my medication off the street. The cost to me is unbelievably expensive, but cheaper then seeing a private doctor. The VA has turned their back on me several times in the last ten or more years, up to and including putting me into withdraw for 10 days, a few years ago. Yea, that's right. My doctor had left and a new doctor, that had never seen me before, just cut me off my pain meds-cold turkey. So I filled out and sent in a form SF-95 0 for neglect. I was called by a VA attorney about the matter and he said that the records indicated that it was only three days without my pain medication. Listen, I was the one that went through the withdraws and it was ten days not three. Had it not been for my neighbor nursing me through it all, I would have committed suicide. Just what the VA wanted if you ask me. Out of fear for his life, my uncle switched to a private doctor after they killed my father/his brother. And your just worried about a waiting list? It go’s much, much deeper, your hardly scratching the surface and not just a few of the VA’s. If your doing an investigation, do it right and check it all, not half assed like the VA does their job. These VA’s see so many people that their starting to believe: that the needs of the many out weight the few and the Hippocratic oath means little to them. I’ve found them to be more like what I call (Sheeple). They know right from wrong and the ill effects on the veterans but tend to ignore it out of being job scared. How about this, they did an MRI of my brain and found a growth on my brain stem about four years ago. They said that they wanted to do a follow-up in a year to see if it had grown or anything else. I’ve reminded them of this every year since and still they have done nothing. And try to get all of your appointments for the same day is impossible. They would rather make me drive a 50 mile round trip three times in one week than put them on the same day and save me all the trouble, time and gas. I have other horror stories of my own from my treatment at this VA. But I fear that I may be boring you with things that you couldn’t possibly be naive enough to not know all ready. If I hear the term: Quality veterans care or see one more of the many signs, hanging on their walls saying the same - I'll scream, it’s B.S. The Chillicothe VA Hospital wouldn't know quality care if it punched them in the face. The patient advocate’s are worthless. I’ve had many complaints over the past two decades and the advocate did squat, and has never returned one of my phone calls for anything. In the past three plus decades that I‘ve been going to this VA, I have never asked for travel compensation. Thinking that the money may come in handy for another veteran. In the past two months, I have given them $6,000.00 because of a settlement that I won. All for other veterans, because I could afford it and it was the moral thing for me to do. They all seem very busy at the VA but busy at what - covering their collective asses? I’m sure you know why this all is going on, right? The more patient’s that they kill and/or run off to private doctors, the less responsibility and cost. They may say it’s cost effective. I call it neglect and murder…Veterans count on the VA to do the right and moral thing. We expect no less from our representative’s. Otherwise your part of the problem not the solution…What are you going to do about these sort of atrocities in the VA system?