So I go to the Orthopedics Associates for my appointment today at 2:20. They tell me it is for NEXT TUESDAY, November 2nd. That would be Election Day.
I am going to see Dr. Otter to go over the results an X-ray I had taken of my injured arm on October 19th, or my fall on October 17th. TWO WEEKS LATER.
Then I have to go back to my original doctor for what I don't know. I stopped there on the way back and asked why. Sandi, the person in the office said "Well, not unless you want to. We really can't do anything for you. Dr. Otter has the facilities to read the X-ray, we don't."
You know what I'm thinking? I'm thinking I would have done just as well to see a doctor when I was at the VA yesterday. All this talk about a Single Payer System and government takeover of health care....I'll tell you one thing right now. I get the BEST HEALTH CARE from the VA without all this bullshit.
So I'm using my private health care for an arm injury. First I go to my doctor. She sends me to Beebe Medical Campus to get an X-ray. Then I have to go to the Orthopedic Unit to have the X-ray read. Then I have to go back to the doctor. I'M WAITING TWO WEEKS TO HAVE MY X-RAY READ. Does that make ANY SENSE?
In the meantime, my supplemental insurance has risen from $117.32 to $136.56 in a little over a year. It was $117, then $120, then $126, then $130, now it's $136. I also pay over a $100 a month for Medicare Part B. So what am I getting for my money? Basically insurance for an emergency room visit. I'm not getting timely medical care.
Last year I tried to see a dermatologist through my private insurance. This was in May. I was told the earliest I could get an appointment was DECEMBER! That's when I decided to go back to the VA even though it requires a trip on the American Legion Van to the 89 miles to the Wilmington VAMC. I saw the dermatologist yesterday at the VA. They are from Thomas Jefferson University. One of the top hospitals in the country for dermatology.
If the Republicans get in power and have their way they will privatize the VA. Then everything will be screwed up. EVERYTHING.
I'm glad I'm old and I won't have to put up with this crap much longer.
What a joke.