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commented on Paul Szep
2 months ago
Yawn, boooooooring. even YOU must know how ludicrous you sound!
commented on Jim Morin
2 months ago
@martens misses all her friends
I work with vets who are fully or partially disabled mentally & unable to totally care for themselves. I accompany them to their appointments, take them out for lunch and enrichment and work with the professionals that keep their lives on as even a keel as possible.
there is a lot about the v.a. that is wonderful. but, some of what I see at the v.a. is a shame. the dentistry is patchwork, at best. students from the nearby dental school do much of the work under supervision of one practicing dentist. it’s tough to watch – I can’t say anything; I have to leave the room.
the psychiatric appointments are a joke. they call about 15 vets at a time to come in to see the psychiatrist/psychologist/whatever. those vets take a chair, lined up in a row against the back wall about 15 feet from the “doctor. the psychiatrist calls their names one by one and asks – in front of their peers!- “any problems? anything you want to talk about?” yeah. right. there is absolutely NO privacy or personal contact. most of the time, there’s not even eye contact between the ‘doctor’ and his patients. and, what vet wants to spill his guts in front of 15 guys in a lineup? those 15 are herded through in about 1/2 hour. and, the psychiatrist/psychologist/ whatever, is paid by the number of clients that are herded through. not bad wages for no work at all except calling names and logging in that the patient was ‘seen’and jacking up meds.
when one of my vet clients had confided to me that he was having trouble with his anger issues and the meds (ubiquitous meds instead of care, b/t/w) were not working so well, I was not surprised when he responded to the ‘any problems?’ from the doctor, with‘no.’ so, I went to the doctor when the last patient left the room and told him that my client actually needed some help. the doctor said, ‘well, he said he didn’t so what’s your problem?’ I asked if he could spend a little time actually speaking one-on-one with my client but he was too busy.the solution the doc came up with? he just increased the meds instead of seeing how to help him be more productive. I guess zombies don’t make trouble.
this state of affairs has nothing to do with Obama although the knee jerk Obama-haters would have you believe that it is all his fault. the current problems have been seen since the revolutionary war. (see the jon stewart rant of 5/22 I think that’s the date.) but the current lack of care happened under bush when the group in power – read cheney, rove & bush – cut the professionals providing care to the vets returning home so they could hide the actual monetary costs of the wars. the v.a. doctors’ caseloads got bigger and bigger. the care became less personal every day as the staff attempted to cope. at least Obama tried to increase staffing and threw more money at vet care. it’s a shame he’s got to overcome the morass that is the v.a AND fight the Koch octopi.
if you want to see a change, get some guts and forget the repub agenda of ‘hate Obama and make sure none of his programs succeed.’ stand up and HELP improve the situation. you can volunteer, you can stop spewing b.s. fault-finding and actually help make things better. call your local v.a. and find out how.our returning heroes should have excellent care. you can help them. so, what are you waiting for?
commented on Signe Wilkinson
6 months ago
very clever, signe but then i think if you look the word ‘clever’ up in the dictionary, it has your picture next to it!
commented on Rob Rogers
6 months ago
i’ve learned how to save a lot of time! ignore anything that harleyquinn posts and move on. works like a charm!
commented on Doonesbury
6 months ago
for whatever reason, medical/dental is now overpriced both in the cost of the education and the cost of services to the clients, in the states. when my dentist here in the states told me with a straight face that i should just take amortgage out on my house to pay his estimated $100K treatment plan, i knew this was the end of our dental system as we knew it.
oh… and i got sick on the plane on the way down to costa rica and had to go to emergency down there. a state of the art hospital, 2 doctors checking me out using every test possible, 2 bags of iv ringers, 1 bag of iv antibiotic, an intern at my side the whole time and all meds, including some to take home with me, and even a blanket to take home- total cost, $368.48. yep. total. no insurance. that’s the retail price of their medical care.
we’d better wake up in the states. single payer is used throughout the civilized world AND third world countries. despite our much higher cost of care, our mortality rates are not as good as theirs. plus, the nonsense stories you hear about waiting months for emergency care are bunk. other countries laugh at us for our primitive delivery of medical care. because i’m proud to be an American doesn’t mean i accept lies as truth because some loudmouth slaps the Flag across it. we’d better start listening and changing!
i’m a headhunter. i used to think that the safest jobs were the ‘hands on’ jobs, plumber, electrician, etc. AND, medical/dental jobs. i was wrong. when you can go to costa rica (i went to the cavallini clinic) and get better care, more advanced care (they have their own labs in manyof the offices there) and get 8 implants, 24 crowns, all the xrays, ct scans, molds, night guards, gum reshaping, and many more things thrown in…. for under $13,000- why would ANYone still go to our dentists. the biggest benefit of going outside the states is the compassionate, personal care you get. the fact that it’s about 20% of the cost in the states is just icing on the cake.
commented on Andertoons
6 months ago
naw, that would mean he’d need drapes to define himself. this way, he can avoid the windex and birds smashing into him.
commented on The K Chronicles
6 months ago
way cool, keef. it’s great to see that turner is still the one who’s doing his strip. and, great to see you putting a colleague up for kudos!
b/t/w, hope the car accident is in your rear view mirror now.
commented on Tom Toles
6 months ago
that’s what we got when obama decided to negotiate with petulant children whose only objective was to stamp their feet, fold their arms and scream ‘i hate you, i hate you’… it’s about time we stopped catering to tantrums and began to get some good work done. just put the children in ‘time out’ until they’re willing to do the work that they were elected to do!
commented on Ted Rall
7 months ago
uh, skippy,get the facts straight. throwing psuedo-patriotic phrases into your post doesn’t make it any more true than most of those posts you’ve made. iraq was destroyed under bush. billions of dollars-entire pallets of money-were stolen under bush. the most civilians were killed under bush. let’s not even discuss the destruction of the ‘hearts and minds’ under bush. and, you wonder why al queda is back? talk to someone who lived in the middle east, or better still, talk to many someones who lived there. iraq still doesn’t have water service in most places and the and the utilities are still a shambles- which is how we left them, b.t.w. the people who whine that obama blames bush for everything forget or ignore that it was bush who did this all and that obama was left a steaming pile to clean up. and, you know it takes many times as long to clean up a mess than it did to make it. sheesh.
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