I’m retired Army. Twenty years ago the VA was great. You were seen for 30 minutes quarterly and the doctor listened and checked you over. A few years later, it went to 30 minutes twice a year. Still not bad, but the same doctor seemed distracted and rushed. He was still a good physician. Now it’s twenty minutes once a year. I’m rushed in, the doctor just has time to check my labs and medication. He no longer has a stethoscope or hardly even looks at me. I feel that I am bothering if I ask questions or complain of any ailments. Then I wait another year for my next twenty minutes.

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