Thanks JD for the clarification, I appreciate your sacrifice.
Note, I get zero money or disability, I must earn enough money to pay for my problems. hehehe
I am wandering, if I got this medical treatment inside the USA, the Insurance companies would all have records. I suppose one great reason to come over to the Philippines is to keep the known problems off the books.
I made the choice to ride the motorcycle, I took the risk, I am paying the price today as I did when I got to walk around on my armpits for a year. (Crutches)
My goal in the post was to allow an American Veteran to know there is another choice, another option than to pay the high cost of living in the USA.
There is a "buy American" or "use American" mentality that prevails even with my Factory Worker, Factory Union Worker Mother and Family.
Truthfully, in my do good for the world mentality, the last thing I want to do is buy American to help the planet earth. I want to distribute the money to the poor countries like the Philippines.
I on the other hand give only 5 pesos as a tip at the VFW restaurant, these people need to remember they are in the Philippines, when they lose their job because all the VETS die, they need to live within the real society.
Fun stuff, but not as simple as being a patriot American.
Spend your money wisely, do not overpay, making the best use of your money is the free enterprise system at work. The Doctors in the USA need to compete with the Doctors in the Philippines to keep them from gouge collecting money.
Hmm, maybe the insurance companies can send people to the Philippines.
I encourage the down to earth, good people of the planet to come to the Philippines and help another country change their culture.
The insurance industry is already experimenting with sending people overseas for cheaper treatment. Competition is the answer!
I have not said or done anything wrong, I do not apologize for my writing.
Maybe I use the wrong numbers, not the wrong theories.
100 percent is 2673.00
Add that with any Social Security or Pension and they may be at 6000 per month.
These men are the same as any other men.I thank them and appreciate their sacrifice.
I have been to Iraq, I have seen the wars, I have learned what is needed learned about the Global situation. War will always exist, and somebody will always die.
Callous, no this is reality.
I hope they all enjoy their lives
If a Vet cannot accept reality of war, then who can...
Hoz, I have a Charlie Foxtrot diagnose.
You are Filipino, I would hope you understand your own culture...
"It seems to me you are second guessing the doctors. You have a diagnosis, you have a course of treatment, which you decided to discontinue because of transportation difficulties.
Damn right I am not just going to trust a Doctor. I know my body and can go to places like Iraq, Africa and the Philippines because I can judge people great.
I say I have a nodule, or cyst, they keep saying to me this is not the problem.
Espinosa the Neural guy sends me to MRI
I get the MRI, they say I have a bulge impinging on nerve.
They send me to Doctor Chiu, the Orthopedic Doctor.
Doctor Chiu makes me do many movements with my body and says if you have this, then you cannot do these exercises.
I go to Doctor Acacio the Physical Therapist who now says I have Piriformis, why, because I said I think I have Piriformis Syndrome.
They want to give me Ultrasound and other ways to get pain to stop.
I do not give a crap about the pain,
I need a solution I can do anywhere, not in a Physical Therapy office, the person who they wanted to give me Therapy did not speak English, that would be educational.
Doctor Chiu does not know what Piriformis Syndrome is, and if he does, he does not understand my English, but this is not important, I do.
Acacio does, and she is the solution, not the diagnose, but she does not give me Therapy, some 200 peso per day person does, who is he or she?
I went today to get an X-ray, I got it.
This is not the best of the best Doctors, this is the Philippines, this is not Saint Lukes, this is the San Fernando Hospital in boom F, Egypt Philippines.
The last thing a person should ever do in the Philippine is just trust a Philippines person.
I am told that daily by expat, if not twice daily.
Thanks Chuck, some more clarity on this issue that is not the topic.
In my opinion, the goal of writing it to get people to think.
JD is smart, I know him personally, he is a good guy, about 65. I could push his buttons in second, he is living a war of his own, these buttons are still easy to find, if not too easy.
He made a long... comment.
The reason allow comments is for people to correct me, disagree with me, answer my proposals, and to allow them to think.
Some of these Expats NEED to think, they need a project, they need a place where they can vent or talk out issues.
Someone out there is doing a Google right not, they wll find my page, they will hate me, but they will find the Disabled American Vets in Baguio at the Red Lion Inn, in the VFW in Bauang, the VFW in Subic, the VFW in Angeles.
I do not want the love of the American Vets, I do not want the love of readers. I want the love of real people in my daily life who I respect.
One of my many goals in a post will be accomplished, to allow a soldier to find his home away from home by finding this post, then finding JD. The will for sure shoot the messenger.
I will be off to Africa, South America, they will still be here fighting their wars.
I think if you join this Yahoo Groups thing, they can give you all the advice you need.
Andy in Bauang and Baguio Philippines Sept 2009