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Elkhart veteran prefers seeing family physician for health care

While I am enrolled in and qualified to receive VA heath care, I feel that my health is worth far more than the few dollars I would save by trusting it to an impersonal, overloaded, government-run system.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 4:57 p.m.

As a retired and, thanks to Agent Orange, disabled Vietnam veteran on Medicare, I have a hard time understanding why anyone on Medicare would trust their health care to doctors in a clinic that they don't know and would be willing to wait months to see a specialist in Fort Wayne or Indianapolis. I personally am thankful to have had a family physician for the past 25 years who knows me and takes personal interest in my health.

I was promised free health care for life after serving 20 years on active duty, only to find out that this was only partially true. I still needed to purchase a supplement. At age 65, I was kicked out of this system and placed on Medicare, where I had to pay for Medicare Part B and a Medicare supplement. A few years ago, Congress decided to pick up the cost of my supplement only if I continued to pay for Medicare Part B.

While I am enrolled in and qualified to receive VA heath care, I feel that my health is worth far more than the few dollars I would save by trusting it to an impersonal, overloaded, government-run system.

Our community has excellent hospitals, clinics staffed by specialists and many outstanding doctors who take a personal interest in their patients’ needs. Therefore, my question to all veterans over 65 is: Isn't your health more valuable than the few dollars you save by depending on the VA when you have better options?

WILLIAM ROHMAN

Elkhart




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