VA Success Story: Vet Gets Appointment Only 2 Years After He Died
Let’s not dwell on the negative regarding the healthcare Big Government has been providing to veterans. Here’s an uplifting story of a vet who actually managed to wrangle a doctor’s appointment:
“He was steadfast. He took care of us, all of these years.”
Suzanne Chase of Acton [Massachusetts] was talking about her husband, Doug, a Vietnam veteran who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011.
In 2012, she tried to move his medical care to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Bedford.
“It was so difficult for him to take the ambulance ride into Boston, we wanted to be closer.”
They waited about four months and never heard anything. Then Douglas Chase died in August 2012.
But two weeks ago, he got a letter, from the VA in Bedford, saying he could now call to make an appointment to see a primary care doctor. …
At the bottom of the letter, dated June 12, it reads: “We are committed to providing primary care in a timely manner and would greatly appreciate a prompt response.”
Adding insult to injury,
Suzanne Chase was denied funeral benefits for her husband because he was never treated at a VA hospital, even though he died after waiting four months for an appointment.
The VA had already denied her the funeral benefits on this basis before sending the letter urging her deceased husband to respond promptly and make an appointment.
But Douglas Chase did get the opportunity to make an appointment in the end. You can’t blame the bureaucrats if Chase died on them. Socialism works; it just works a little slowly.
On a tip from Artfldgr. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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