Silver Star Families of America
Many of us have had the chance to go to both VA Physicians and civilian Physicians or we go to VA Physicians and someone else in your family goes to a civilian Physician. What do you see as the differences? Would you say that one is better than another? Do you have any problems with either? Your comments are most welcome.
Personally I like my primary care V.A. doc even though its a drive to reach him.
Bad part is that from this clinic almost all tests have to be done at a regular V.A. Medical Center. Very long drives and sometimes long waits for appointments.
But as I stated, as far as the doc goes, even if I had a choice, I think I would stay with him. I think they understand the veteran's situation better than a civilian doc would.
Just my opinion.
the biggest difference, if a combat veteran, is the civilian hospital staff have no clue about the military, about combat related PTS especially. One run in is enough with that issue.
My husband has gone to the VA, my son goes to the VA. They seem to be very good here. Though they often want to wait to do tests for three months. Three months always seems to be their testing ground, lets try this for three months.
The civilian doctors want to get the tests done immediately. Our issue is we are allowed Tricare coverage (husband is retired AF) and to find the civilian doctors that accept it is difficult. I often wonder how the Guard/Reservist families make out when the spouse goes active duty.
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