News about Jim in RP (general discussion)

by Gerrit ⌂, Puerto Rico, Saturday, April 13, 2019, 19:15 (9 days ago)

Jim decided to take a trip to Seattle and get further treatment in the VA over there. Once in the USA he can just go and get surgery without having to cough up the cost in advance.

It's sad that the VA rules were changed. When he moved to the Philippines he could just go to the Manilla VA facilities and get his treatment just like in the USA. I don't know when and why the rules were changed but in my opinion it's not fair to the veterans who live over there...

Anyway, let's hope this works out good for Jim.

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Gerrit

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by Wylie, Other side of The Big Pond, Sunday, April 14, 2019, 05:57 (8 days ago) @ Gerrit

Thanks for heads up Gerrit. Hope all goes well for him. Good thoughts going Jim's way.

Wylie

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From a place you can't see comes a sound you won't hear
He who dares, wins

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by Sid, Sunday, April 14, 2019, 08:53 (8 days ago) @ Gerrit

Thanks for the update. Prayers things go well. Hope things are ok for all you folks.

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If you won't step up and do it who will

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by Red Dave, Southern Pennsylvania, Sunday, April 14, 2019, 09:00 (8 days ago) @ Gerrit

It is unfortunate, but he made a choice to live outside the United States.


There are many other instances where medical insurance doesn't cover international travel.

If you are covered by Medicare and travel outside the US, you may not be covered either.

"For the most part, Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, doesn’t cover medical services or items you get outside the country. Medicare considers the United States to include the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands."

Medicare

Some Medicare supplemental policies cover care outside the US, but not basic Medicare.

My own Medical Insurance, that I have been paying for myself for nearly 44 years, has very limited coverage outside the US.

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by Jim in RP, Negros Island, South Pacific, Monday, April 15, 2019, 01:42 (7 days ago) @ Red Dave

Red Dave,
… he made a choice to live outside the United States.

Red Dave, You are absolutely correct. :yes: I made that decision to retire here. It was an INFORMED decision after 22 years of consideration.

There are many other instances where medical insurance doesn't cover international travel. :conf:

I am not an international traveler, I live here.
First off this post and my problems ARE NOT about international travel, Medicare, privet insurance or even domestic travel. It is about my VA medical entitlements for SERVICE connected ailments and medical services needed. Without having to pay for then up front in order to get those services. In my mind that is nothing more than me being forced to loan the VA money. I do not owe the VA anything, they owe ME.
The only time I have heard of a military personal being transported over international borders, was when being medivaced out by military transport.

If you are covered by Medicare and travel outside the US, you may not be covered either.
Some Medicare supplemental policies cover care outside the US, but not basic Medicare.
:conf:

I know that and knew that before retiring here. Over the last 8 years of living here I have paid in the neighborhood of $12,384 for/to Medicare. I get absolutely ZERO benefits for that money. A Medicare supplemental policy would do me zip if my (expensive) paid for Medicare policy is worthless in the first place.
Excuse me I have to go save my chest. I have been dancing with the devil fare too long. :beer:

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Combat Infantry, the ultimate hunt, where the hunter becomes the hunted and the prey shoot back.

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by Joe, Monday, April 15, 2019, 01:59 (7 days ago) @ Jim in RP

Safe trip, Jim...I've heard Seattle VA is fairly good, as VA's go....

Seeya down the road!

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by Red Dave, Southern Pennsylvania, Monday, April 15, 2019, 08:26 (7 days ago) @ Jim in RP

Jim, I hope that you get the medical care you have earned by your service. I also wish you a speedy recovery.

But, as you said, it was your decision to relocate to the PI's. We all have to live with the decisions we make.

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by Bernie/MA, Monday, April 15, 2019, 09:37 (7 days ago) @ Red Dave

About decisions. My wife is money hungry. One of my hay fields has a 30 mile view. She'd have condos on it before the ground froze over my grave so I sold the development rights to the state of MA. She moved out of our bedroom. That was 18 years ago. My ancestors cleared that field. I'd do it again.

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by GeneMO, Central Missouri, Sunday, April 14, 2019, 12:17 (8 days ago) @ Gerrit

Hope it works out. Medical stuff in general is a major pain in the patuti. But, it beats the alternatives. We really are lucky we have the great care that we do.

Gene

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It takes billions to win a war, to loose one takes all ya got.

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by moll, Monday, April 15, 2019, 08:27 (7 days ago) @ Gerrit

Good luck Jim, I wish it could be easier for our bravest and best, we owe
you better than that.

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"You can't go back home to your family, back home to your childhood ... back home to a young man's dreams of glory and of fame ... "

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by ma10, Monday, April 15, 2019, 10:18 (7 days ago) @ moll

we don't need to argue the "controversary" at this point...all you need t'do right now is get on a plane and head for the states and get fixed up. you gonna be able to get here? sendin' good thoughts your way.

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by ma10, Monday, April 15, 2019, 10:36 (7 days ago) @ ma10

and....Gerrit. i suspect this solution for Jim's situation might be from some of your research. if so...good job. you're a good friend to all of us.

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by Gerrit ⌂, Puerto Rico, Monday, April 15, 2019, 14:13 (7 days ago) @ ma10

and....Gerrit. i suspect this solution for Jim's situation might be from some of your research. if so...good job. you're a good friend to all of us.

Thanks but I can't take credit for this. I was working on fundraising, knowing how hard it is to need to pay stuff in an emergency situation and really needing help...

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Gerrit

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by Joe, Monday, April 15, 2019, 21:44 (7 days ago) @ Gerrit

Excellent camouflage of what I suspect is a statement of recent disaster events, Gerrit...:-D

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