Marcus Welby, MD (remember that show?) retired a long time ago. Insurance bean counters and hospital admins are running the show now in most instances. I don't envy today's medical professionals who have to slog through the paperwork just to Rx an aspirin. I'm not sure what the answer is, I have friends in Canada's "free healthcare system" who aren't happy about waiting 6 months for an MRI in a non-emergent situation.I don't qualify for the VA, most don't, so it's the new normal rigamarole for me. When I lived in NY up to 2002, I had had doctors that were old school. I moved to Iowa and the practices were bigger, but I still just dealt with one doctor for the most part. After moving to AZ, I found that the assembly line is in full bloom and the doctors here aren't as good as IA or NY. Sometimes I wonder if having a lot of retirees foments a lackadaisical attitude, which is to say, they work in god's waiting room, so what's the hurry? The doctor I had in NY went to NYU and did his residency at Bellevue, so he knew his stuff. Some of the doctors I've met here wouldn't be his nursing assistant. I could do better than some with a Merck Manual, PDR and scripts. </rant>
If you get good medicine at the VA, cool. Hopefully it stays that way.
Enuf, I'm getting too far off topic.