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Bama Dave

I've fairly new to the VA healthcare system so I don't know the ins and outs yet. I'm also thinking about retiring to the PI's. Is it possible to get healthcare, through the VA in the Philippines or at any of the US overseas military bases? Thanks for the help.

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It's a joke!!!!!! I'm 100% and LACK of care is one of the reasons we are returning to US. If you are not retired military and have any health issues, do NOT come here expecting any REAL care, unless,

One can have all the medical insurance needed but if you have a heart attack or minor accident and lie bleeding to death.....there is NO 911 to call and save your life.....thats the risk one takes liv

The VA cutbacks are really starting to show.   I went for my prostate exam today, and instead of lube the doctor spat on my asshole.

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I’ve read the Manila VA only provides care for veterans with service connected conditions. No place else I know of other than Guam. Someone else will be along to elaborate. 

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It's a joke!!!!!! I'm 100% and LACK of care is one of the reasons we are returning to US.

If you are not retired military and have any health issues, do NOT come here expecting any REAL care, unless, of course, money is no object and you can afford any medical care that you might need.

That is, of course my opinion, and I realize some others have different opinions.

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ex231

In  nutshell they will only treat you for service connected issues.

cebubird is rated 100% but you see what he had to say about it. Guam is the only option anywhere near the Philippines that I know of. I've been paying out of pocket here as I have no other choice except to go back to the US.

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In  nutshell they will only treat you for service connected issues.

cebubird is rated 100% but you see what he had to say about it. Guam is the only option anywhere near the Philippines that I know of. I've been paying out of pocket here as I have no other choice except to go back to the US.

 

"service connected"----hmmmm

Well, maybe not so much--they will deny things that are connected, even when the specialist they send you to, says it IS service connected.

They will deny-then tell you to go thru the claim process to TRY and get a refund>

Like ex231, I just gave up fighting with them and just pay out of pocket.

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ex231

"service connected"----hmmmm

Well, maybe not so much--they will deny things that are connected, even when the specialist they send you to, says it IS service connected.

They will deny-then tell you to go thru the claim process to TRY and get a refund>

Like ex231, I just gave up fighting with them and just pay out of pocket.

 

OK, what I should have said is that they are supposed to treat for service connected issues :) 

 

I have a friend here rated 100%. He claims the Manila OPC told him he was rated at 80% and was denying treatment. An argument ensued but my friend prevailed. I have a low rating and maybe that's a good thing because I don't even bother with the OPC .. less stress.

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I been going there for about 10 years. I am 10% service, but that causes most all my expensices.

They give me my meds for non connected, but will rarely do a consult, but care here is cheep. I get several thousands worth of meds a month. The corruption that took place with the RAO officer and vets / doctors a few years ago is the cause of much grieff to honest vetrans.

IF you get in the door, be very polite, and act nice if you want the care to continue. I have witnessed several openly beligerent vetrans who would have been arrested in the US for the s--t they pulled in that clinic. Thoese guards have 9mm autos , and a block house in the lobby for a reason. do not make eye contact or get in discussins with anyone who looks pissed or depressed in the facility. Lots of whakos there. met one who had all the manuals in a shachel when he came there, told me he just liked to Fek with them. The less time you spend in the lobby the better, go outside, sit in the break area, they will come and get you when they are ready.

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ex231

 

 

They give me my meds for non connected,

 

Not sure how you manage to pull that off. 

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cebubird

Not sure how you manage to pull that off. 

 

That's true, they will do that.

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RogerDat

Meds are cheep, it saves the VA money in the long run. I worked as a contractor for VA for a year setting up, and repairing wheel chairs, and beds. That is somthing I think is in my records because of remarks by VA staff in Virgina.

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I have a 20% rating, but working on getting it adjusted eventually.

I have TRICARE, so need for me to go to the VA clinic in Manila.

I hate having to go to Manila for any reason, the pollution and traffic

really sucks!  

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One can have all the medical insurance needed but if you have a heart attack or minor accident and lie bleeding to death.....there is NO 911 to call and save your life.....thats the risk one takes living here especially if it's in your dream hideaway, far from any medical help...

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RogerDat

VA and tricare are separate.

Manila is the tricare test area, worth looking into, works like tricare in states I hear.

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TDCNINJA

I get medications for both service and non-service connected conditions.

 

Any veteran who has a service connected disability rating of at least 0 percent is eligible to be enrolled as a patient at Manila OPC.

 

While you may receive medications for non-service connected conditions, you may only receive TREATMENT for service connected conditions.

I figure I receive about $500 a month in meds from Manila OPC.

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ex231

I get medications for both service and non-service connected conditions.

 

Any veteran who has a service connected disability rating of at least 0 percent is eligible to be enrolled as a patient at Manila OPC.

 

While you may receive medications for non-service connected conditions, you may only receive TREATMENT for service connected conditions.

I figure I receive about $500 a month in meds from Manila OPC.

 

OK, thanks for that and good to know because I was told something different. What I have been told is that they will treat and furnish meds for service connected issues only. I've been buying mine out of pocket.

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