My husband was also "low on the totem pole" to qualify, so had to wait to enter the system via being admitted to the Veterans Home (a state one). The staff there was paid more than in other hospitals, so the turnover was much less. It was next door to a VA Hospital, to which he was transferred several times. The care there was superior. The staff was dedicated to "Keeping the Promise".
In the interim, several admissions to local civilian hospitals left much to be desired. Over medicated for staff convenience, for instance. (Having been an RN, I can make those judgments.)
Because of their keeping up his nutrition, not allowing him to be abed all day, and good skin care, he never had a breakdown in his skin.
I can't say enough good hings about them.
A neighbor, by choice, is getting his care through the VA Hospital clinics, and is more satisfied than with that he received via his private one.
Of course, the hospitals are going to be much more crowded now, especially for those needing extensive procedures and rehab.
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