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That is what the majority of Medicaid patients do now. They are care for by our safety net public hospitals and clinics. Veterans only within the VA system also rely on this type of care - VA hospital & clinics staffed by the few doctors there, more doctors that are within the teaching facility linked to the VA hospital.
Posted by Gail1
For some reason you seem to have a poor opinion of the VA hospital system. I happen to have a nephew who is being treated at the VA hospital in Houston for the lingering effects of Agent Orange, and he has nothing but praise for the system. The way he explains it, he has a primary doctor in charge of his treatment, and under him is a team of specialists he is sent to for specific treatment/consolation, then the results are handed to the primary care doctor who directs the treatment. He has nothing but praise for the system.
Additionally the VA in the Houston area has established various outreach centers in the surrounding cities to make it easier for veterans to receive treatment. One was opened here in our area several years ago, and I've heard only good reports from veterans here. You make it sound as if the VA facilities are equal to a 'free clinic' in the 'hood' for the indigent.
But it also seems that for some reason you have no use for any system that is of benefit to the general public. I beg to differ that us common people can receive excellent treatment even if we can't afford a concierge doctor to attend to our every whim. Several years ago an xray revealed a cancerous mass in my lung. At our local hospital I had a team of doctors looking after me, including a premier cardiovascular surgeon out of Houston who not only removed it, but went in and sat with my wife afterwards reassuring her I was fine. Afterwards the staff treated me like I was the only patient in the wing. Since the onocologist has scheduled periodic visits, including CT scans to insure the cancer hasn't returned. He also met with my wife at the beginning of the visits to reassure her that I was getting the best of care.