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Post by RobbieRoyal on Tue 03 Jun 2014, 08:19

yup I know the steady appointments with doctors and reports with occupational therapists and the whole gong show and yes it is to increase the level of EIA from 5 to say 3 or 2 or whatever santa fackin clause is willing to permit lol
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Post by Guest on Tue 03 Jun 2014, 08:22

yes dove you are right but im thinking givin the situation it will even if its just on the QOL part.

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Post by Dove96 on Tue 03 Jun 2014, 13:15

QOL counts for quite a lot.


On the original decision...Just a suggestion but it may help short term.

Tell VA immediately that you will be appealing the decision.

Submit the appeal with all the doctor"s reports stating the changes in mobility.
Include the fact you have started the review process to update your records. Attach a copy of the report if possible.

Couldn't hurt.
What do you think?


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Post by Guest on Tue 03 Jun 2014, 13:48

dove yes it can depending on your percentage and im sure in robbies case it will.

and I agree with your sudjested approach. seems to be covering all bases.

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Post by RCN-Retired on Tue 03 Jun 2014, 23:43

Well, this same happened to me, I am at the lowest level as well. Went from being able to walk without aid to needing a cane, at times a scooter, ramps into the house, elevator etc etc and still they say no change. Now I went to my MD yesterday as more forms for CPPD and SISSIP need to be completed. Upon leaving she indicated that regretfully she may have to let me go as a patient due to the onerous amount of reports etc. I have been required to submit. If she cuts me loose that will make four Doctors in 12 years. I asked about just billing me and she indicated that she did not feel right doing that. But before I let her fire me I am certainly going to try and convince her I would rather pay extra than have to go through all the hassle in trying to find a new Doctor, especially in the rural area that I reside.
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Post by RobbieRoyal on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 06:49

man that sucks RCN
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Post by Dove96 on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 08:28

…RCN...I hope your paper work got done and she didn't "fire" you. Although I wouldn't feel comfortable with her after that.

It seems doctors can't deal with anything that takes too much time or effort. They have so many patients that a single person monopolizing their day is not welcome. This is a symptom of our medical system, there are not enough doctors.

One of my doctors (I moved many times in 6 years) we were given 5-10 minute appointments, you were only allowed to talk about one thing and if you had another problem you had to make another appointment. Luckily I only lived there two years.
Personally, I think that doctor was just looking at the bottom dollar and getting paid by OHIP per visit.


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Post by pinger on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 10:49

Hello Robbie,

The levels 1,2,3, you speak of be under PIA levels? I read EIA and I'm not too familiar with it as I never went through that route. The bureaucracy is very familiar though. If you are going out of your freaking mind. . . take a step back for a short spell and you'll be better for it. To perservere another day.

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Post by pinger on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 20:51

Dove96 wrote:
It seems doctors can't deal with anything that takes too much time or effort. They have so many patients that a single person monopolizing their day is not welcome. This is a symptom of our medical system, there are not enough doctors.

One of my doctors (I moved many times in 6 years) we were given 5-10 minute appointments, you were only allowed to talk about one thing and if you had another problem you had to make another appointment. Luckily I only lived there two years.
Personally, I think that doctor was just looking at the bottom dollar and getting paid by OHIP per visit.

I agree with you dove. That is the case sometimes and much more so now a days. But try to find a doctor or specialist that will go to bat for you. I know it can be very frustrating and hard. But maybe I don't in that regard. You see I "fired" some doctors I was not happy with but that was 25 years ago. When doctors were in abundance and you could switch to another one. Not anymore.  Crying or Very sad  So how does one find any good one when they are in even shorter supply? YA DON'T GIVE UP.
Consolation is... finding a good doctor is easier than dealing with VAC. pinger.
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Post by Anneteak on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 23:13

Shirley Engel of Global News Tweeted: Veterans organizaing Rock The Hill presser. 1 spouse says veterans are losing their doctors bc of frustration over VAC paperwork #cdnpoli

VAC e-mails Shirley:

Re your tweet, if you would like (or are able) to let the spouse know, we would abe happy to follow up with her on this matter.
If you can provide me with her contact information (with her approval) I can ensure she is contacted by one of our client service agents.
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Shirley asks me if I will allow her to give VAC my contact information. Do any of you wish to go on the record with this, if so e-mail me at linda@warofattrition.ca

As for my response, "sure just tell them that Linda Magill would be happy to take their call as long as she doesn't have to wait 8+ months for this one."

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Post by bigrex on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 23:36

Linda, I do not see what VAC could do, at this stage, to change peoples minds on this. Anything they say, will be unsubstantiated, bureaucratic spin. The damage is already done, and there is no quick and easy fix. It will take years of Veterans being provided benefits, based on reports and letters written by our family doctors and specialists, on the first go. There will be no more denials, based on solely contradicting medical opinions. Basically, it will take years of truly granting Veterans, and their doctors, the benefit of doubt.
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Post by Anneteak on Thu 05 Jun 2014, 00:34

Rex, I disagree. Some of the reporters I talked to today were shocked at some of the things we told them. The average Canadian actually believes that VAC spent $4M to tell veterans about their rights. When I asked a reporter how often she watched a hockey game to find out her rights or pension information, she had a totally blank look on her face. I explained that when we want info about VAC we go to the website, talk to other veterans, speak to veteran advocates or call VAC. We don't sit around waiting for the information to fall into our laps while watch sports.

The disconnect between our reality and the public's perception, which is their reality, is huge. We know it's unsubstantiated bureaucratic spin, but John Q Public doesn't.

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Post by RCN-Retired on Thu 05 Jun 2014, 01:41

I agree Linda, those commercials are not meant for Veterans they ran during the playoffs because millions of Canadians watch the game and the government is counting on the majority to be left with the impression that the GOC and VAC are really working with and for us. Utter BS!
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Post by bigrex on Thu 05 Jun 2014, 10:13

Linda, I completely agree with what you are saying about Canadians not being aware of what is happening. What I was saying, was that having VAC contact you, about Doctors refusing to support veterans because of the actions of VAC, would be pointless. Nothing they can say, is going to negate the fact that there are doctors out there, that have been refusing to deal with VAC, because of delayed payments for services, or disrespected when their medical diagnosis and opinions are dismissed outright.

A perfect example is, I was seeking a consequential pension for my right knee, due to my fully pensioned left knee. Following surgery on my left knee, when I had to weight bear on the other leg, my right knee went from being a symptomatic, having the angle of my leg change 4 degrees, swollen and painful, and requiring immediate surgery, all within 3 months. I had a orthopedic surgeon write a letter supporting my claim, stating that it only makes sense that weight bearing on a leg, with pre-existing knee OA, would aggravate the condition. In the denial letter, the non medical trained VRAB members said that his medical opinion was speculative, at best. To a specialist, with decades under his belt, in his specific field, being told by someone who isn't a doctor, that he doesn't know his job, must have been a slap in the face. So why would that surgeon ever write another letter for a veteran?
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Post by teentitan on Thu 05 Jun 2014, 11:34

Hey it doesn't end at Doctors. Service Providers are now refusing to deal with VAC! As soon as I mention VAC Blue Cross about 4 out of 10 Providers literally cringe and suck about half the oxygen out of the room and groan.

I'm talking Providers for CPAP, glasses, knee braces, speciality assisting devices, DRUG STORES!

I have been trying for two years now at Stakeholder meetings to get a billing number generated for perishable living aids (my case CPAP) with a dollar amount. So all I have to do is walk into the Service Provider and have them call the NCCN get the billing code and see if there is enough money. The NCCN operator says yes or no. If it's no then the client has to contact VAC.

Too hard to do. BS is my usual answer you use to do it every year for VIP why not for a client you know who needs, uses and has a history of purchasing said equipment.

It's about the jobs.
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