Kirsten Luomala said:I've read this thread and totally understand that most people are frustrated with the medical system. Try to understand that the system is under some big changes these past few years and the bugs are still trying to be worked out. On of my major complaints is that most Military medical clinics have surveys that we would like to have filled out. Most patients refuse. You can also complain through your chain of command if you truly feel that you are hard done by. The system will never get better if those who claim they are hard done by or are not treated professionally by the system and its staff, don't come forward. I have been the 2 ic of treatment room in Gagetown for the past 2 years and have not had a single complaint forward to me about my staff not being professional. My other suggestion is find out how you would be dealt with on civi street. We have it really good in comparison. My young daughter is awaiting testing after a massive brain injury. the testing is a 18 month to 2 year wait for Neurophysic testing. A military person would wait about 6 months. WE HAVE IT MUCH BETTER THAN THE CIVI's
Listen to her, folks - she knows what of she speaks.
In my experience with injured soldiers over the years, it was not so much the MEDICAL system that was frustrating them, as the PERSONNEL/ADMINISTRATIVE system. A good medic (and I include Kirsten in that group) will direct you to the administrative staff and/or your chain of command regarding any administrative problems you may have.
Having only been out for slightly over a year, I cannot accurately compare the civilian system to the military - I've been more or less happy with my interactions with both.