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  1. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, about 2 years ago

    perhaps some of the administrators at the VA are inept (or something), but V A in Johnson City TN is top-notch, as is
    the clinic in Knoxville…the doctors and nurses are dedicated people…it is the administration that needs looking at.

  2. Griff

    Griff GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    The GOP filibustered a bill earlier to increase funding to take care of some of the problems, couldn’t find offset! Never had trouble finding funds to go to war however. Could make Big Oil pay royalties on gas and oil they take from Federal (us taxpayers) lands, but EVERY GOP Rep. voted against it!

  3. curtisls87

    curtisls87 said, about 2 years ago

    An interesting article, but the austerity it describes is at the state and local level. The VA is federally funded. Additionally, I’m not sure I would consider reductions of employment at the state and local level anything more than a single indicator of austerity, if there is such a thing.

  4. clownhidden

    clownhidden said, about 2 years ago

    American flags in heaven?

  5. mugens

    mugens GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @furnituremaker

    Yoru comment about the admistration says more about your politics than what the real problem has always been. You may be lucky to have good VA service in your area, but it is not like that universally. And the problem with the VA goes a long, long way back. Not just this administration or the one before that, or the one before that, or even the one before that. It has been a long systemic problem that all political leaders have failed to adequately address for ages.

  6. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 2 years ago

    Shush. Everybody knows that when you have less people doing things, more things get done. Why, if the office was empty, everything would be done immediately!

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Stopped by my VA remote “mobile” clinic today, they’ve done well by us, and I need to call the clinic 100 miles away for my appointment for my annual, in the next couple weeks to get my lab work caught up. They do the draws here so we don’t have to make the 200 mile round trip. Also found out that after two years, they’re finally back to full staff having been down 2-3 positions for a long time.


    VA does still have problems, but actually, no more than any other bureaucracy in “private” medicine where big corporations and insurance companies control care, and profits rule.

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    P.S. Just got a call back from VA. They’ve scheduled for me to get my labs drawn next week here in my town. My “provider” won’t be coming back over with the “mobile clinic” ‘til October, but I CAN get an appointment to make the 100 mile trip to the “full” clinic, and see her right after the labs come back if I need to. That is the way it works here, and it’s still a staffing issue, but the point is, if I can travel, they’ll take care of me sooner than I can get appointments with my local doctor! That ain’t bad.

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