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Being a member of the Marine Corps League, I have the privilege to participate in a volunteer program at the Charlie Norwood VA Hospital. While so doing, I go into all of the hospital – visiting patients, staff and visitors and passing out doughnuts, coffee, juice, bananas and cookies.

It is heartwarming to see how the doctors, nurses and staff administer, with love, to the patients, some of whom are totally bedridden.

The staff has such a burden of paperwork brought on by the enormous amount of government regulations. This paperwork takes time, and thus deprives the patients of that care time. It amazes me that the staff can do as much for the patients as they do under these burdens.

Then news people come in and find a few discrepancies, omissions or errors in this mountain of paperwork. Any large organization can have such discrepancies.

Instead of ferreting out these, why can’t the news people find myriad successful events and outcomes? And they also could do some volunteering where they can see the real life events occurring.

Charles M. Stone

Evans

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/01/14 - 10:27 am
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One opinion among many. Motive may be the issue?
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One opinion among many. Motive may be the issue?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/01/14 - 10:28 am
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A lot of that paper work is reading. A lot is "PC solitaire".
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A lot of that paper work is reading. A lot is "PC solitaire".

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Fiat_Lux 03/01/14 - 10:47 am
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You're right that there is much good being done

However, when people suffer and even die, or people's constitutional rights are denied because of discrepancies or communication lapses, then something should be done to address those aberrations from the overall level of good being done there.

Unfortunately, it often--even almost always--takes having someone outside the govt agency doing the ferreting to bring these discrepancies out into the light so that they do get addressed.

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corgimom 03/01/14 - 04:03 pm
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There is just as bad, if not

There is just as bad, if not worse, things done in civilian hospitals too, but nobody is doing newspaper stories on THEM.

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Fiat_Lux 03/01/14 - 05:12 pm
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Absolutely not true, Corgi, which you probably do know,

and not true on two fronts. Things generally are better at civilian hospitals and when something goes wrong, they get slammed too. Sometimes institutions get slammed even if nothing has gone wrong.

Consider for instance when a civilian hospital took off the wrong limb not that long ago, or when a young woman, possibly a teenager, received a blood transfusion that was a mismatch and died because of it. Those hospitals dealt with horrific legal troubles for those lapses. Hospitals where medication errors occur that harm or kill patients get the living daylights sued out of them.

VA and military health care ought to be the best available to anyone in this country, based solely on who it serves, but it's not. It's for their sake that these things are coming out.

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itsanotherday1 03/01/14 - 08:43 pm
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You nailed it Fiat.

You nailed it Fiat.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/01/14 - 10:56 pm
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"Things generally are better

"Things generally are better at civilian hospitals and when something goes wrong, they get slammed too."

No, they don't. My brother died, at age 57, because of the terrible care that he got in a civilian hospital.

I speak from personal experience.

You ask around, find out how many people have gotten less than quality care at a civilian hospital.

You will be very, very surprised.

If you find a nurse willing to talk, you will hear horrific stories.

Only the big stories, the big mistakes, are publicized. It's the little ones that go under the radar, all the time.

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Fiat_Lux 03/02/14 - 12:41 pm
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I've got your anecdotal experience beat by my own, corgi.

I've worked in several of both kinds, military and civilian. There are both good and bad things happening in both, good and bad people at both, and competent caregivers and dangerous idiots at every hospital in existence.

I would choose most civilian hospitals over virtually all military hospitals based on my experience with the average level of the character of the civilians employed at military healthcare facilities.

When it's extremely difficult to fire people for virtually any reason short of their being convicted of treason or some other serious felony that lands them in prison, bad people feel safe and free to do whatever they please, including neglect of their duties and theft from the taxpayers and defenseless patients alike. Truly bad apples generally get culled out of civilians hospitals pretty fast.

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