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Offline Robin

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Anyone having trouble with the Manila VA Clinic???
« on: June 08, 2014, 07:53:38 PM »
Hey folks, it's been a long time since I posted here, accept my apologizes for not popping in more often.

I have been experiencing substantial delays with the Manila VA. I live in Iloilo, needed to see a Derm. Doc. and they provided me with a referral. All was good with three visits but after a severe bad reaction to some medication they have been putting me off for the most recent referral request, since May. They have pictures of my sever condition provided by the Iloilo Derm. Doc., they (Manila VA) keeps telling me they will provide a referral but...

Yesterday, Sat. 7th I was trying to send a secure message as I've done many times in the past, I get the following notice:

"No Provider Relationship Found
To send a Secure Message, both you and your VA primary care provider must be enrolled in the Secure Messaging program. Please contact your primary care provider to see if they are participating in Secure Messaging, and if they are, ask them to enroll you in the program." I've been using this system for about two years.

So it seems I have been "cut off". I will attempt to call them tomorrow (Monday) and each following day until I can speak with someone but I'm just wondering, is it just me or are others having trouble?

As a note, I also sent them paper work for the Agent Orange Registry and Form 21-526EZ, sent LBC and I know they got the doc's at the front desk, sent Mayella (Patient Advocate) a secure message letting her know they were delivered (5/13/14) and asking her to confirm receipt and delivery to the correct person but have not heard back from her.

So can anyone give me an idea of what I might want to expect?

Thanks in advance for your help and support.

Robin
Tigbauan, Iloilo,
Panay Island, Philippines
GPS Location: N 10  40.488  -  E 122  23.235

Offline c_acton98

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Re: Anyone having trouble with the Manila VA Clinic???
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2014, 08:16:06 AM »
I have nothing but great support from the VA OPC has your primary care provider changed? Delete your cookies and try again.
 

Offline Robin

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Re: Anyone having trouble with the Manila VA Clinic???
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2014, 08:19:24 AM »
Thanks for the reply, glad your doing well with them. Yes, my primary provider has changed four times in the last year, I figure that might have something to do with this no access to the Secure Messaging.

The lack of referral follow up has me baffled, several months and no referral. Will try calling them again this morning.

Oh, yes I did delete the cookies.
Tigbauan, Iloilo,
Panay Island, Philippines
GPS Location: N 10  40.488  -  E 122  23.235

Offline Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am

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Re: Anyone having trouble with the Manila VA Clinic???
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2014, 11:07:26 AM »
Welcome back Robin on here! I noticed your introduction was way back in July of 2009! I assume you and your wife are finally retired and living in the Philippines, looks like in Iloilo!
Again, welcome!
As for your VA concerns, I don't really use them even though I have a VA Comp from them, we have TRICARE instead when I started receiving my USAF Reserve military pension at age 60 5 yrs ago. 
Just continue in trying to contact the Manila VA every which way you can!
I too am working on my other VA claims concerning Agent Orange, but it's a long drawn out process that is overwhelming, but I'm still at it slowly, but surely. 
Good luck!
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Re: Anyone having trouble with the Manila VA Clinic???
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2014, 03:28:05 PM »
Robin, i was at the clinic april 28th and had to return june 13th; from my observation they are operating under staffed.. i had very little problems in all the years i have been going there; my derm referral was great (tagbilaran city, bohol) a few years back;.. btw, the VA is sending out letters for clients to fill out and mail in the marked envelope inclosed referring to the clinic being used by the client; i just returned mine today....... hope this helps..
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Offline Robin

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Re: Anyone having trouble with the Manila VA Clinic???
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2014, 05:01:39 AM »
For some reason I missed the last two reply's but thanks.

They (VA) are driving me nuts, they have now "denied" my referral, this is a condition that dates back in my VA medical records to 2003 and now my "new", 6th Primary Doc. in the two years I've been using this clinic, he's decided none of my past care is covered anymore... I have to resubmit for all my past covered care. I didn't know the Manila VA Clinic was a separate system from the US and that past coverage did not apply here, I was told back in Las Vegas just prior to our move that I would be covered just like US, someone has wrong info.

Have an appt. with them on 7/17 and a C&P 7/18, maybe I'll be able to get some of this resolved then.

I'm waiting for the Agent Orange appointment, filed that about two months ago.

Anybody know of a decent hotel near the VA clinic, need to fly over and stay two nights?

Robin
Tigbauan, Iloilo,
Panay Island, Philippines
GPS Location: N 10  40.488  -  E 122  23.235

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Re: Anyone having trouble with the Manila VA Clinic???
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2014, 10:12:07 AM »
Good luck robin; i got word that my next appointment is in October for the regional examination, and they know from my doctors scans, biopsy, and referrals that its now cancer, but probably will deny .....lol. i always go one day early and return the next day after my appointment; we use to use the swaggman, but for reasons we now use the cherry blossom hotel across from the robinson mall.. its not the closest, maybe someone will post for you..
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Offline Robin

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Re: Anyone having trouble with the Manila VA Clinic???
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2014, 03:08:46 PM »
Thanks shortman I'll check that out, was also told of the Kabayan Hotel, at least I have two suggestions now.
Tigbauan, Iloilo,
Panay Island, Philippines
GPS Location: N 10  40.488  -  E 122  23.235

 


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