I was listening to a local radio show, and a woman was explaining, that she went to see her family physician, along with her two small children. The physician was asking the usual health questions, and then he asked if they had any firearms in their home. She told him, that if he could give her a legitimate reason why he needed to know, she would be happy to answer, otherwise, it was none of his business or the gov't's. He proceeded with the gov't blah,blah, blah. Then he said that he and his nurse would like to speak with her children, without her presence. She proceeded to tell him that it was illegal for an attorney to speak to her children without an adult present, it was illegal for LE to talk to her children without an adult present, so why would she allow him to speak to her children without an adult present. She then asked if he was going to treat her family. Eventually, he gave them treatment. Before she left, she told him, that if she comes back again, and he asks that question again, she will go to the hospital, and be treated in the emergency room, since she has good insurance......and then start looking for another physician. She also told him to be prepared to lose patients, and to keep his attorney handy, along with his wallet. I would have told him the same thing, albeit, not as politely.
Oh god why...
The sky is falling!!!
Just tell them none of your business or no... end of story. It doesn't have to be that dramatic.
A teacher in school has asked my sons class already. I informed him long ago to say no we have no guns in our home. Nobody needs to know that other than my family. Certainly teachers (or doctors) have any business knowing that.
Just say “home is where the heart is and my heart is here with you so no”
Veterans should be especially concerned, if you get your medical care through the VA. They have all of your records, the gov't knows everything about you. If it is deemed by whomever, that a medication that you are prescribed is not " compatible with firearm ownership" guess who's going to come knocking for your firearms. It's happening already.
I'm a vet and I'd be really hard pressed to go to a VA for any medical care.
To be perfectly fair, I've heard both good and bad experiences with the VA system. But, in my case, I have good health care insurance and can pretty much go where I want when the need arises.
This has happened for about 2 years or so in a few places,and it was ceased here.From what I undersrand this is now going to be the norm through Osama Care and I don't doubt it.It'll be a while before it gets shot down too,if it's taken to court.
The last time I went to the ER, the nurse was asking me some questions.
One of the questions was, Do you feel safe in your own home?
I responded, You mean compared to someone else's?
She just looked at me and said, I'll take that as a yes.
I guess I am lucky to be in the South. Around here, my doctors buy guns from our shop.
Many of them hunt and fish. The girl who cuts my boys hair, her son and husband have probably killed more deer than I have even seen in my life.
They don't ask us stuff like that around here.
Took my husband to the ER this am to get stitches. They asked him that and I laughed. (I just got my Glock 21 this week) I understand they ask to identify signs of abuse but I couldn't help but find it funny since I'm the one who has all the fire arms. If he doesn't feel safe in our home it's his own fault.
regarding the OP...that's crazy they asked that, and I feel it's none of their business.
Then, why ask....QUOTE=swfan;282101]i completely agree why all the drama, Im a doctor I have a gun
what's the big deal. Just say no or say yes who cares[/QUOTE]
HR-2640 Section 3. (c)(1) IN GENERAL- No department or agency of the Federal Government may provide to the Attorney General any record of an adjudication related to the mental health of a person or any commitment of a person to a mental institution if--
(A) the adjudication or commitment, respectively, has been set aside or expunged, or the person has otherwise been fully released or discharged from all mandatory treatment, supervision, or monitoring;
(B) the person has been found by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority to no longer suffer from the mental health condition that was the basis of the adjudication or commitment, respectively, or has otherwise been found to be rehabilitated through any procedure available under law; or
(C) the adjudication or commitment, respectively, is based solely on a medical finding of disability, without an opportunity for a hearing by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority, and the person has not been adjudicated as a mental defective consistent with section 922(g)(4) of title 18, United States Code, except that nothing in this section or any other provision of law shall prevent a Federal department or agency from providing to the Attorney General any record demonstrating that a person was adjudicated to be not guilty by reason of insanity, or based on lack of mental responsibility, or found incompetent to stand trial, in any criminal case or under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
So the VA makes mistakes. That's correct, the VA is staffed by people and people have been known to make mistakes. Remind me which medical facility it is that makes no mistakes. Generalizations upset folks? How about the gun owner that goes off and shoots someone, or several someones? Does that make all gun owners like him? Of course not. If a football coach is accused of molesting students, does that suspicion now blanket all football coaches? No. So VA medical care shouldn't be foisted on our worst enemies? Grow up, and quit your whinin'. The VA "fee bases" many Veterans to other providers if the VA can't provide the needed services. If you're service-connected at 30% or more, the VA will pay for your travel expenses. Contrary to the beliefs of some, the VA cannot magically produce all the equipment that they would like to have.
I worked for the VA for a number of years, both providing medical care, and later on the administrative side of things. 98% of VA employees are very conscientious, and care about our Veterans. The remaining 2% of employees whose performance is not exemplary, exist in all service-oriented occupations. To impune ALL VA employees, and the VA system due to the actions of a few, is juvenile, immature, and reeks of a child’s hissy fit. Here we go... a VA doc in California misses a diagnosis.... so ALL VA doctors are now guilty of malpractice? Yeah, right. How about the quadriplegics who are now walking and holding their children, thanks to VA doctors? Does that make all VA doctors miracle-workers? Nope, it doesn't work that way either.
Here's something that most Veterans don't know.... several years ago, the VA (at the govt's orders) instituted a program called "Cultural Transformation", or the process by which in-patient Veterans should be made to feel as much as possible, like they were at home. Bottom line.... Staff couldn't make the Veterans eat, abide by a clinically required diet, (diabetes) take their meds, go to therapy, get out of bed, take a shower, (even if visitors or family complained) or even wear clothes..... neat huh? Even more so was the fact that given all these rights of refusal, we, the staff, were still tasked with providing beneficial care to those patients. Pssst... we got it done, too...
If you're a Veteran, thank you for your service. If you're using the VA Health Care System ONLY because you served, you earned it. If you're using the VA Health Care System because you're service-connected, then you earned it to a greater degree.... and that's as it should be. If you feel that the VA is less competent than other health care institutions, you're wrong. The VA, being a government entity, attracts lawsuits and whiners, and posers, because they feel that the government connection equals deep pockets. You're wrong there too.
VA quality of care comparisonHow does the VA measure up against other U.S. health care providers? To address this question, RAND researchers compared the medical records of VA patients with a national sample and evaluated how effectively health care is delivered to each group. Their findings:
- VA patients received about two-thirds of the care recommended by national standards, compared with about half in the national sample.
- Among chronic care patients, VA patients received about 70 percent of recommended care, compared with about 60 percent in the national sample.
- For preventive care, the difference was greater: VA patients received about 65 percent of recommended care, while patients in the national sample received 20 percent less.
- VA patients received consistently better care across the board, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up.
- Quality of care for acute conditions — a performance area the VA did not measure — was similar for the two populations.
- The greatest differences between the VA and the national sample were for indicators where the VA was actively measuring performance and for indicators related to those on which performance was measured.
Everyone thinks their issues are paramount. While not always true in the real world, it's quite common. As I said in another post, if you're so distressed over your VA health care, then either go elsewhere for your medical care, or bitch at the folks who can make a difference... your elected officials. You don't have to fill out any forms, give any reasons, cry on anyone's shoulders, or buy stock in Kleenex, just go away. Or, better yet, find a medical facility that never makes errors and get treated there.
I don't know what any of this has to do with my original post. My original post had nothing to do with the care, staff, standards, physicians, or anything else within the VA. All of the info you posted is nice, but I personally know of two veterans, who have had their firearms taken from them. If you're a reasonably intelligent person, you must realize, that in this day and age....there is no such thing as privacy. I am sure that the VA does a wonderful job...has nothing to do with my original post. It had everything to do, with the physician asking the questions about firearms in the first place. I've seen many " just say no" and move on......then why ask the question in the first place, if it's no big deal. If it's no big deal, then I won't answer.
I don't know what any of this has to do with my original post. My original post had nothing to do with the care, staff, standards, physicians, or anything else within the VA
Your original post directly addressed the VA.
Originally Posted by berettabone
Veterans should be especially concerned, if you get your medical care through the VA.
VA docs don't ask about firearms unless another screening question leads to that. I've been a VA patient for many years,. and have never been asked about firearms.It had everything to do, with the physician asking the questions about firearms in the first place
I live with my elderly handicapped parents as their caregiver, my father is going through the VA for his cancer treatment. I made sure to tell him that if these questions come up that the only response he is to give is a resounding no.
Your second post. I stand corrected.
There are no set of questions regarding firearms, asked to Veterans as a whole, unless a routine mental health screen, generates concerns of suicidal ideation. or seeking to do harm to others. Even after a suicide, or mental health risk was identified, in less than 6% of Veterans identified with suicidal ideation, was access to firearms recommended to be restricted. That recommendation is subject to adjudication.
The PHQ-9 screen for depression and mental health triggers is located at this link. Note that firearms are NOT mentioned. The PHQ-9 screen was referenced in this study.
HSR&D Study: DHI 08-096Within the group of 230 primary care patients who had positive SI assessments, 214 (93%) had providers who documented specific acknowledgement of the positive assessments. For a majority (>65%), clinicians documented exploration for risk factors including hopelessness, past suicide attempts, psychiatric (including substance use) disorders, and pain, as well as relationship and occupational problems. A medication initiation or change was noted for 58% of patients, and mental health follow-up was arranged for 93%. Clinicians documented inquiries about firearms for only 23% of the patients, and recommendations to restrict access to firearms for 6%.
Quite often, stories abound that allude to Veterans being stripped of their gun rights because they have PTSD, or because their doc found out they had firearms. Not that simple .... never has been. Get ALL the facts, not just hearsay. After all, it is the internet.
Y'all have a nice day.