Originally Posted by RvEd
If you are a veteran and use VA medical care on the road (e.g. out of state), how do you do it? I have VA health care and plan on going FT soon. In this case, it's a mixed blessing. I'll have the freedom to roam but won't always know where I'll be or when I'll get there.
I seem to remember reading that some VA med recipients walked right in to a VA medical facility, explained their situation and received the care they needed. I mean after all, you can trust everything you read on the web - right? NOT!
The folks on this forum seem like a tight-knit group. At least that's what I've observed so far. I'm guessing (hoping?) answers I get here are going to be more reliable than those 'out there'. If you have a resource to share, rather than explaining it here, I'm all ears (actually, eyes).
Thanks in advance for any tips you share.
After years of going to different doctors in different places all over the country (and finding that it's iffy to get va care), I decided to get a copy of my medical records for when, where & what major surgeries I had and i typed all this info on my computer, adding address, phone, DOB, SS#, what meds I am taking now, what I'm allergic to...etc. I made three copies and along with the Spouse's, put them in cloth folders under the seats of my car, RV and in my carry on luggage when we go by air. Everytime I've used it instead of filling out the forms trying to remember it all, I've got compliments about the information that is easy for the doctors and nurses to read and to make a diagnosis for our care. It was HARD to put together, but the pay off was worth it. No more trying to remember it all and the doctor knew I didn't lie to him just to get drugs. Besides that, I've met a few of them that it jarred thier memories of thier past.