Retired Army Lt. Colonel Dan Morgan has been trying to get an appointment with a specialist at the Wilmington, North Carolina, VA clinic for nearly 12 months now, since he has had constant hip pain, but all his attempts have been in complete vain.
Morgan, who retired in 2011 after serving the United States for 29 years, is extremely disappointed by the lack of attention his health issue was given.
Things got even worse for Morgan when his primary care doctor told him that the internet could come to his rescue, and that he should look up physical therapy exercises on YouTube to deal with the hip pain.
Apparently, this is not the first time this has happened with him. Earlier, the same physician had suggested that Morgan should Google search “cheap Chinese glasses” to be directed to a website where he could determine his own measurements for a pair of glasses.
Morgan also complained that relaying simple lab test results took the clinic four months, which was justified by a doctor in a letter:
“At times the demands for response to all the requests put on me are overwhelming and get put aside to do later and then are lost among others,” the physician wrote. “I think the VA in general is understaffed, underfunded, and I am now put in a position to do an amazing amount of keyboard data entry work for documenting visits, filing records and ordering labs and consult that no physician would have to do without secretarial help in the private sector.”
Morgan has requested a new physician, but the documents are still stuck in the extremely slow process.
“It’s frustrating to me, but I don’t have any extreme serious health problems like other people I see in the clinic, and I feel sorry for them. I don’t want to have to end up going to the Wilmington VA when I have to have something serious done. It terrifies me,” the veteran said.
Sadly, Morgan is not alone in his woes. Over the past year, many veterans have faced similar issues with the healthcare facilities.
It is extremely important to provide proper health care services to veterans, since they have served the country in every way possible. In fact, vets are not the only ones who deserve proper medical attention, since such a basic facility must be readily available for every citizen.