20Aug

    Nantucket Vets Receive Medical Services

    A map of the Island of Nantucket

    Veterans of Nantucket will no longer have to travel off of the island for primary care, speciality visits, or emergency treatment.

    In a recent article by The Boston Globe, it is said that Veterans will now be able to receive services on the island of Nantucket. It has been ten years but now veterans will be able to receive medical services on the island rather than making a journey to places like Virginia in order to receive care. The US Department of Veterans Affairs has worked alongside the Nantucket Cottage Hospital in order to put together a range of services that include primary care, speciality visits, and emergency treatment, according to officials. This arrangement would also benefit veterans by removing an expensive and time consuming issue that they have been dealing with for many years. Many people have neglected receiving any type of medical treatments because the travel is such a hassle. Officials hope to change this.

    In a recent statistic only 2% of Nantucket’s veterans are frequent visitors of the Vetran Affairs medical system. This number is very low compared to anywhere else in the United States for veterans. The problem officials want to solve is that many veterans are struggling to receive care and there needs to be a better system in place where all veterans receive care – not only the ones on the island of Nantucket.

    While receiving care through this veteran health system is mostly beneficial, it can sometimes present many obstacles as well. According to the VA officials, only 24% percent of the veterans are eligible for health care compared to the 72% veterans across New England, as stated by outreach specialist for the VA New England Healthcare System, Mike McNamara. Moving forward, there are also prospects of there being more regulations and obstacles in the way for Nantucket Veterans to receive health care.

    08Jul

    Head of Honolulu VA Vague in Statement about Guam Clinic

    It is important for all veterans to have the timely and efficient health care that they deserve.

    It is important for all veterans to have the timely and efficient health care that they deserve.

    According to a recent statement by Sloan Gibson, the Acting VA Secretary, Veteran Affairs wishes to be nothing but transparent and accountable to the veterans in the nation in need of care.  In Gibson’s opinion, veterans should be able to trust their system for health care.  However, according to an article recently completed by Guampdn, one VA official appears to not be living up to Gibson’s mandate.

    Guam’s Community-Based Outpatient Clinic is under the command of the Honolulu Veteran Affairs; overseeing the clinic is Wayne Pfeffer, the medical director of the VA Pacific Highlands Health Care System.  Pfeffer released a statement recently that was very vague in assessing and declaring the state of affairs for the VA clinic.  In the statement, Pfeffer claims that the Guam clinic appears to have no issue with excessive wait times.  However, Pfeffer’s statement did not provide any facts or statistics to back this claim up.

    According to the article, this is information that Pfeffer should have and be able to relay to the general public.  Veteran Affairs has mandated each clinic report figures for a bi-monthly data update to track improvements and continued shortcomings of the clinics across the nation.  If Pfeffer is fulfilling his obligations to the VA, this information should be collected regularly and be on hand for comments such as the one Pfeffer released earlier this month.

    The question then becomes what the cause is behind this vague statement.  Does Pfeffer have these statistics, and is simply displeased with the findings?  If this is the case, he could purposely be choosing to hide the information from veterans and the general public.  If, however, he does not have this information on hand, he is not fulfilling his duties by the standards set forth by officials serving the Veteran Affairs clinics and organizations.  Either way, it is clear that Pfeffer is not fulfilling the edict of Gibson, as his vague and misleading comments have only sprouted distrust and worry, not comfort, reassurance and trust.  If Pfeffer cannot be upfront and transparent in his statements on the state of affairs of the Guam clinic, he will be seen as anything other than accountable.