Medical Malpractice in the U.S. Military Shockingly Underreported

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Just over five years have passed since 29-year-old Marine Corps Sgt. Carmelo Rodriguez passed away from cancer in his upstate New York home as a CBS news crew was preparing to interview him. Rodriguez died due to grievous medical errors at the hands of military doctors, and sadly little has changed since.

When Sgt. Rodriguez joined the Marine Corps in 1997, a physical exam noted the melanoma on his right buttocks, but he was not informed about the cancer. Fast forward eight years. Sgt. Rodriquez is in Iraq and again reports the skin abnormality to medical personnel but is not treated. By the time Rodriguez was told of the diagnosis, it was too late.

The cancer had become terminal. He died in December of 2008. The young Marine was medically retired due to his terminal condition, which prevented his family from getting funeral benefits. He was granted military honors for his funeral, but his family had to pay for it.

There are many cases of medical malpractice in the U.S. military. Some are near misses, in which mistakes are caught and fixed before serious harm results, but others are more tragic.

Take, for example, the case of TSgt. Cindy Wilson. Wilson went into labor with her first child in February 2007 and gave birth to a healthy baby boy by cesarean section at the hospital on Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA.

However, her C-section was botched, with the uterine artery being cut during the procedure, causing her to lose an extraordinary amount of blood. During the frantic attempts to stop the bleeding and repair the damage two surgical sponges were left inside her. She would die 12 hours later, never getting to hold her baby.

There are multiple cases out of David Grant Medical Center, located at Travis Air Force Base as well. Several military members have died as the result of “avoidable errors,” according to military investigators.

One of the practitioners responsible for these errors was accused of “gross negligence” by the California Nursing Board. She surrendered her license to the board, but was allowed to keep her supervisory position in the pediatrics department on another California Air Force base.

Perhaps one of the most highly publicized cases of medical maltreatment of military members was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The stories of deplorable living conditions were stunning and likely contributed to infections, but what was less publicized was the lack of care.

Patients with traumatic brain injuries were denied treatment, or were handed a map and left to wander the grounds of the facility attempting to find their way to offices or appointments, when their injuries prevented them being able to understand where north on a map was. Suicide was another problem when mental health care was slow or denied altogether.

The stories of neglect and unsanitary conditions from Walter Reed led to its closing in 2011 with its services moved to the former Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD.

Most military doctors and civilians working in military facilities are well aware that they are protected from being sued for substandard care. In some cases, this is what drew practitioners to employment within the military system to begin with.

To add insult to injury, Sgt. Rodriguez’s family and many others have no recourse for the serious medical mistakes that resulted in serious disabilities, or death. The reason is that military members, or their families in the event of the member’s death, are not able to sue the government for medical mistakes committed by military doctors thanks to a 1950 Supreme Court ruling called the Feres Doctrine.

According to the ruling, members of the military can’t sue military doctors, or civilians working in military facilities, for monetary recompense.

One reason is that if military members were permitted to sue, some in power believe that the system would be overrun with lawsuits. Another is that Veteran’s Administration benefits provide lifelong care for those injured while on active duty. Yet, this is little consolation when often it’s the same facilities and practitioners responsible for administering that care who caused the problem in the first place.

Currently, military dependants who are treated at military facilities can sue for damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act if they are the victim of malpractice.

Multiple bills have been introduced to Congress to overturn Feres, including one in 2009 named after Sgt. Rodriguez, but all have been shot down.

Even Justice Antonin Scalia believes that Feres was interpreted incorrectly and that it should be overturned, but to date, nothing has been done. Some law scholars say that Feres serves a financial purpose, rather than the often cited purpose of military discipline, but it is difficult to put a price on a person’s life.

The problem of medical mistakes in the military is complicated by the military’s rank system. Often enlisted personnel are afraid to speak up if they see something amiss out of fear of retribution, especially if the mistake is committed by an officer.

This prompted the military to implement a system that allowed reports of mistakes to be made anonymously by any member with a Common Access Card. The hope is that the military can reduce some of the errors, the most common of which include infections and bed sores.

When it comes to caring for America’s men and women in uniform, they deserve so much more than the substandard medical care they often get. They protect the nation’s freedom. It’s time America protected them.

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  1. Phyllis Hardin MSN BC Rpeoples   I have a colleague that was in the army and was in Hawaii.  She was getting ready to have her baby at the hospital mentioned in your post.  She told me that she went in and had her baby and would not let them give her an epidural or any pain medication, nor would she let them  take her baby out of her sight.  At the time she had her baby, she told me there were 4 simultaneous investigations into the deaths of 4 babies.
  2. Phyllis Hardin MSN BC Please add my son's name to this list.  Master Sergeant William D. Cornett.  The events that lead up to the death of my son occurred at the Misawa Air Base in Japan on 9/22/13.   My family has a petition on change.org that I am posting below for you. Please sign and share with everyone that you can!   I am a Board Certified Registered Nurse and I am campaigning to get the Feres Doctrine revoked.   Incompetent military medical providers are a continuing threat to the health and well being of our service members and the military.  There is a congressional into the death of my son and I presented a portfolio of cases similar to that of my son to Senator McCaskill.  Senator Blunt and Congressman Jason Smith (MO) are currently working on this issue and I am keeping a report card regarding the progress made to get our troops the quality medical care they deserve and to hold the incompetent medical providers accountable.  Until there is accountability, our service members will continue to die or become medically disabled at the hands of incompetent providers.  I would strongly discourage anyone from joining the military until this matter is formally addressed by both the military and congress.  Is it not enough our service members are willing to die so that we may enjoy the many freedoms that we cherish today?  Why is it our service members are expected to die or become medically disabled at the hands of incompetent medical providers.  Accountability is definitely lacking in this area.  I ran the providers names through the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) and the Medicare Provider and Enrollment Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) and it returned the following for the providers that failed to treat my son: My son's medical record lists the person that initially saw my son as a Medical Doctor:  According to the registries, this person was a student practicing independently. Attending Physician: This person is also listed as a chief medical examiner and his relationship to the deceased is listed as a surgeon:  According to the registries, this person is a General Practice Dentist. A diagnostic radiology person was overseeing the clinic.  I would strongly urge everyone that has dealt with this type of event to check out the credentials of the providers treating their service members and continue to barrage congress until this issue gets addressed.  Even though my son did exactly as he was told to do in seeking treatment post-op for complications, the only thing the student did for him was have his vital signs taken, called an oral maxillo facial surgeon, and then sent him home.  No labwork, no call to the surgeon that performed his tonsillectomy and even though he went to the Urgent Care Clinic with complaints of spitting up bright red blood, fever of 101.5 and night sweats!  My son knew that he needed help, but he did not count on the medical personnel being unqualified to provide him even the most basic of medical care.  It is disheartening that this issue does not get the attention it needs in order for this to get addressed properly!    Please join my campaign and help me to help our troops! https://www.change.org/petitions/revoke-the-feres-doctrine-hold-military-responsible-for-medical-negligence-in-soldiers-wrongful-death
  3. Cat I do not know why when I tried to revise each response,  they repeatedly came up.  Each and every time I had hit  the delete button . Oh well, sorry for the repetition.
  4. Cat And BTW I have YET to have anybody in the civilian world tell me I need to hang in there for 10 years in excruciating pain . When I have a tooth pain my dentist does not tell me to hang in there  until I have to  get dentures. When I was sent off base for my right knee because I threw a ruckus on how they have crippled  my left knee , and now ruined my right knee , the doctors off base  NOT ONCE told me I needed to hang in there for ten years . They ran tests to my complaints  to find out exactly  what was going on until they found any answer. Unlike Eglin's AFB military doctors who are nothing but a  human pharmaceutical Pez dispenser and do absolutely  NOTHING !!!
  5. Cat And BTW I have YET to have anybody in the civilian world tell me I need to hang in there for 10 years in excruciating pain . When I have a tooth pain my dentist does not tell me to hang in there  until I get dentures. When I was sent off base for my right knee because I threw a ruckus on how they have crippled me  with my left knee , and now ruined my right knee , the doctors off base  NOT ONCE told me I needed to hang in there for ten years . They ran tests to my complaints  to find out exactly  what was going on until they found any answer. Unlike Eglin's AFB military doctors who are nothing but a  human pharmaceutical Pez dispenser and do absolutely  NOTHING !!!
  6. Cat And BTW I have YET to have anybody in the civilian world tell me I needed to hang in there for 10 years in excruciating pain . When I have a tooth pain my dentist does not tell me to hang in there  until I get dentures. When I was sent off base for my right knee because I threw a ruckus on how they have crippled me  with my left knee , and now ruined my right knee , the doctors off base  NOT ONCE told me I needed to hang in there for ten years . They ran tests to my complaints  to find out exactly  what was going on until they found any answer. Unlike Eglin's AFB military doctors who are nothing but a  human pharmaceutical Pez dispenser and do absolutely  NOTHING !!!
  7. Cat And BTW I have YET to have anybody in the civilian world tell me I needed to hang in there for 10 years in excruciating pain . When I have a tooth pain my dentist does not tell me to hang in there  until I get dentures. When I was sent off base for my right knee because I threw a ruckus on how they have crippled me  with my left knee , and now ruined my right knee , the doctors off base  NOT ONCE told me I needed to hang in there for ten years . They ran tests to my complaints  to find out exactly  what was going on until they found any answer unlike Eglin's AFB military doctors who were l nothing but a  human pharmaceutical Pez dispenser and did absolutely  NOTHING !!!
  8. Cat @Tony These military  providers are horrendous and my treatment as a survivor has been nothing but  inhumane  and  total medical neglect. I have never  experienced that in the civilian world. Ex. I came down with Bell Palsy simple treatment is steroids.  I was  never started on steroids .it took me 5 persistent  days to get off base and my friend had to drive me an hour away. I could no longer turn my neck to drive  and  I had constant ringing in my ears.   The  civilian  Neurologist was shocked that the  treatment was not started A.S.A.P. as it could have caused  permanent  paralysis.      Then I became hypothyroid. . They could not DX that even though I was very symptomatic  until my levels were so low I could barely stand anymore. Right before looking at my levels I was told by the military PA " we all want to believe it's our thyroid." Really ?     People on a Yahoo Thyroid group that I had joined had told me that the dosages the military were giving me were NEGLIGIBLE  compared to my lab work. Then after my third thyroid  treatment  and thyroid testing   I was worse off then when I was initially  DX.  I once again got sent off after I threw a fit over their incompetence and the civilian Endocrinologist  told me there was no way my thyroid  was going to be where it needed to be on the dosages they were giving me as the doses were NEGLIGIBLE  . Sound familiar? People,  the laymen  on Thyroid group knew more then those military  idiots.   Fast forward to today, they have now basically crippled me. I had a meniscus tear , a  knee 101 injury . I told those incompetent doctors  that I thought I tweeked my knee as I was getting up . The pain I had  was a  burning stabbing pain that came on suddenly . It came after  I twisted my knee.  My knee was slipping/ locking and something felt like it was getting caught in the bones . For a year those idiots had DX me with arthritis ,  bursitis and a  slipping knee joint, Really???? For a  YEAR of constantly going back, no less than   twice a month,   they could never DX a simple tear. It's  the #1 knee injury in women. I  begged them  to get me  off that hell hole of a base to get a competent second opinion . I was constantly denied as " they had a competent  Ortho Dept.  and I just needed to hang in there for 10 years until I could get a  knee replacement. After a year, I was in such hysterical pain,  I was allowed  a referral off base . The first civilian  surgeon I saw ruled out every DX those  military doctors made as the symptoms did NOT correlate with any of their DX'S . He  told me  within a  10 minute appointment " I bet your walking on a tear."  He could DX in ten minutes what they could not do in a YEAR!!!   He  did the  surgery and sure enough my meniscus tear was  now very  large and badly shredded.  Fast forward to  today  since  those incompetent doctors allowed so much damage to happen to my left knee , I had to overcompensate on my right  knee. Now thanks to those military idiots because of the damage they allowed to happen by doing absolutely NOTHING, I will lose both knees. The one with the tear had so much meniscus removed  I now  have bone spurs forming .     My good knee could not take all my weight from over compensating  so now  it is wearing and shredding down at an alarming rate. I told those idiots I  had injured it. I used to walk my dogs every night before the tear .  Now I can't  stand or walk for any length of time. I can no longer  walk my dogs as I live in daily pain. Military Doctors don't give a Damn !! There is no accountability!!! When I complained about them I was told I could go to Tricare Standard. Here's a thought how about these health care providers  doing their Damn job!!! You don't get rid of students because teachers can't teach , you get rid of the teachers.  When you tell a patient they can change their insurance , you are not looking for accountability by the provider , you are looking for a way to get rid of that patient!!!    I work in child care, if I did something to alter a child's  quality of life  I would get FIRED. I could not tell a parent  well you should have hired a  private childcare worker  if you wanted your child to be watched.   I make piddley amount of money compared to these military Doctors, yet they can screw up our lives and nothing happens.  Something is wrong with that picture. Their jobs and livelihood should be  stake just  like everyone else's and  perhaps then they might give a rats ass on the decisions that they make  that  will affect  the lives of the  people who depend on them.    My medical care by  military doctors is nothing but MEDICAL NEGLECT!!!!!      I have owned animals for 30 years. IN those 30 years I have had to speak for  every one of my animals.   Each and every time my Veterinarians have pegged their DX's correctly from me speaking for them.  Yet....  NOT ONE  OF these  military doctors can get it right ONCE, even  when it comes directly from my mouth on  what I am feeling and how I  was injured , that is  TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE and UNBELIEVABLE .  How in the hell did they get any kind of medical degree is BEYOND my comprehension!!! .   I need a job like theirs, one  with absolutely  NO ACCOUNTABILITY !!!
  9. Cat @Tony These military  providers are horrendous and my treatment as a survivor has been nothing but  inhumane  and  total medical neglect. I have never  experienced that in the civilian world. Ex. I came down with Bell Palsy simple treatment is steroids.  I was  never started on steroids .it took me 5 persistent  days to get off base and my friend had to drive me an hour away. I could no longer turn my neck to drive  and  I had constant ringing in my ears.   The  civilian  Neurologist was shocked that the  treatment was not started A.S.A.P. as it could have caused  permanent  paralysis.      Then I became hypothyroid. . They could not DX that even though I was very symptomatic  until my levels were so low I could barely stand anymore. Right before looking at my levels I was told by the military PA " we all want to believe it's our thyroid." Really ?     People on a Yahoo Thyroid group that I had joined had told me that the dosages the military were giving me were NEGLIGIBLE  compared to my lab work. Then after my third thyroid  treatment  and thyroid testing   I was worse off then when I was initially  DX.  I once again got sent off after I threw a fit over their incompetence and the civilian Endocrinologist  told me there was no way my thyroid  was going to be where it needed to be on the dosages they were giving me as the doses were NEGLIGIBLE  . Sound familiar? People,  the laymen  on Thyroid group knew more then those military  idiots.   Fast forward to today, they have now basically crippled me. I had a meniscus tear , knee 101. I told those incompetent idiots that I thought I tweeked my knee as I was getting up . The pain was a  burning stabbing pain that came on suddenly . It came  I twisted my knee and my knee was slipping/ locking and something felt like it was getting caught. For a year those idiots had DX me with arthritis ,  bursitis and a  slipping knee joint, Really???? For a  YEAR of constantly going back, at least twice a month,   they could never DX a simple tear. the #1 knee injury in women. I  begged them  to get me  off that hell hole of a base to get a competent second opinion and  I was constantly denied as " they had a competent  Ortho Dept.  and I just needed to hang in there for 10 years until I get a  knee replacement. After a year I was in such hysterical pain,  I was allowed  a referral off base . The first civilian  surgeon I saw ruled out every DX those  military doctors made as the symptoms did NOT correlate with any of their DX'S  and  he said  within a  10 minute appointment  I bet your walking on a tear.    He then did surgery and sure enough my meniscus was  now very  large and badly shredded.  Fast forward to  today those incompetent doctors allowed so much damage to happen to my left knee that I had to overcompensate on my right  knee. Now thanks to those military idiots because of the damage they allowed to happen by doing absolutely NOTHING I will lose both knees. The one with the tear had so much meniscus removed  I now   have bone spurs forming .     My good knee could not take all my weight from over compensating  so now  it is wearing and shredding down at an alarming rate. I told those idiots I  had injured it. I used to walk my dogs before the tear every night.  Now I can't  stand or walk for any length of time. I can no longer  walk my dogs as I live in daily pain. Military Doctors don't give a Damn . There is no accountability!!! When I complained about them I was told I could go to Tricare Standard. Here's a thought how about you doing your Damn job!!! You don't get rid of students because teachers can't teach , you get rid of the teachers.     I work in child care, if I did something to alter a child's  quality of life  I would get FIRED. I could not tell a parent  well you should have taken private childcare if you want your child to be watched.   I make piddley amount of money compared to these military Doctors, yet they can screw up our lives and nothing happens.  Something is wrong with that picture. Their jobs and livelihood should be  stake like everyone else's and  perhaps then they might give a rats ass on the decisions that they make  that  will affect  the lives of people who depend on them.    My medical care by  military doctors is nothing but MEDICAL NEGLECT!!!!!      I have owned animals for 30 years and in those 30 years I have had to speak for them in every ailment they have had.  Each and every time my Veterinarians have pegged the DX correctly from me speaking for them.  Yet  NOT ONE  OF these  military doctors can't get it right ONCE, even  when it comes directly from my mouth on  what I am feeling and how I  was injured , that is  TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE .   I need a job like that, with absolutely  NO ACCOUNTABILITY !!!
  10. Rpeoples I am someone who is currently dealing with military medical malpractice that occurred in Japan. This means that I am dealing with military claims act which does not allow you to sue and is simply an administrative process. My daughter was evaluated by a pediatrician at Naval hospital Yokosuka who consulted a pediatric gastroenterologist from Tripler in Hawaii. To make a long story short he never reviewed her medical records or prior endoscope that showed gastritis. She was suffering from nausea and vomiting that would occur 1 hour after eating. So based on her effortless vomiting the pediatric gastroenterologist concluded that she was suffering from rumination syndrome (without ever evaluating her) and that no other test or treatments were needed. About 6 months later we were transferred to San Diego for unrelated reasons where she examined and had several test performed including an endoscope, gastric emptying study and upper gastrointestinal series which revealed that she was suffering from delayed gastric emptying and was diagnosed with severe gastroparesis and helicobacter pylori infection. Today she is at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus Ohio getting a gastric pacemaker at age 11. This is all because the doctor in Hawaii failed to review her medical records and rule out other causes for her symptoms by performing the test that that the pediatric gastroenterologist performed in San Diego.  It is my humble opinion that if this physician at Tripler would have personally evaluated my daughter and reviewed her medical records the outcome would have been totally different. At this point the military is stating that he followed the standard of care. However I disagree because she has been evaluated by 4 other pediatric gastroenterologist for the same symptoms and they all performed the same testing and made the same diagnosis of gastroparesis. This will continue to occur until congress and the supreme court holds these physicians accountable for there actions.  Roderick
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Rpeoples
Rpeoples

I am someone who is currently dealing with military medical malpractice that occurred in Japan. This means that I am dealing with military claims act which does not allow you to sue and is simply an administrative process. My daughter was evaluated by a pediatrician at Naval hospital Yokosuka who consulted a pediatric gastroenterologist from Tripler in Hawaii. To make a long story short he never reviewed her medical records or prior endoscope that showed gastritis. She was suffering from nausea and vomiting that would occur 1 hour after eating. So based on her effortless vomiting the pediatric gastroenterologist concluded that she was suffering from rumination syndrome (without ever evaluating her) and that no other test or treatments were needed. About 6 months later we were transferred to San Diego for unrelated reasons where she examined and had several test performed including an endoscope, gastric emptying study and upper gastrointestinal series which revealed that she was suffering from delayed gastric emptying and was diagnosed with severe gastroparesis and helicobacter pylori infection. Today she is at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus Ohio getting a gastric pacemaker at age 11. This is all because the doctor in Hawaii failed to review her medical records and rule out other causes for her symptoms by performing the test that that the pediatric gastroenterologist performed in San Diego. 


It is my humble opinion that if this physician at Tripler would have personally evaluated my daughter and reviewed her medical records the outcome would have been totally different. At this point the military is stating that he followed the standard of care. However I disagree because she has been evaluated by 4 other pediatric gastroenterologist for the same symptoms and they all performed the same testing and made the same diagnosis of gastroparesis. This will continue to occur until congress and the supreme court holds these physicians accountable for there actions. 


Roderick

Tony
Tony

I do believe the stories, but to say that many providers joined so they can't get sued is opinion, not fact, and pretty insulting to providers. I have worked in and out of the military. Both sides make errors and don't report unless they have to (and they do have to report serious errors, and do so).

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Elisa Fairless
Elisa Fairless

Thank you for writing about this problem that our brave military men, women and their families face.

Terri Harel
Terri Harel

Thanks for writing this Wendy. It is very important to report on!!

Wendy Innes
Wendy Innes

These are just the most publicized stories. I've talked to many other's who told me their stories as a friend but didn't want me to share them publically, which I have to respect. As a military dependant I've had my own fair share of experiences as well. It's terrible how these people are treated when they do such an important job.

Alex Gauthier
Alex Gauthier

it seems like all the data is there to serve as a catalyst for greater scrutiny, but no one else is talking about it

Shawn M. Griffiths
Shawn M. Griffiths

I sometimes reflect on how we treat the men and women who have courageously served and sacrificed so much in the service of our country, and how sad it is.

Phyllis Hardin MSN BC
Phyllis Hardin MSN BC

@Rpeoples  


I have a colleague that was in the army and was in Hawaii.  She was getting ready to have her baby at the hospital mentioned in your post.  She told me that she went in and had her baby and would not let them give her an epidural or any pain medication, nor would she let them  take her baby out of her sight.  At the time she went into the hospital, there were several investigations into the deaths of babies.  

Cat
Cat

@Tony


These military  providers are horrendous and my treatment as a survivor has been nothing but  inhumane  and  total medical neglect. I have never  experienced that in the civilian world. Ex. I came down with Bell Palsy simple treatment is steroids.  I was  never started on steroids .it took me 5 persistent  days to get off base and my friend had to drive me an hour away. I could no longer turn my neck to drive  and  I had constant ringing in my ears.   The  civilian  Neurologist was shocked that the  treatment was not started A.S.A.P. as it could have caused  permanent  paralysis. 

    Then I became hypothyroid. . They could not DX that even though I was very symptomatic  until my levels were so low I could barely stand anymore. Right before looking at my levels I was told by the military PA " we all want to believe it's our thyroid." Really ?

    People on a Yahoo Thyroid group that I had joined had told me that the dosages the military were giving me were NEGLIGIBLE  compared to my lab work. Then after my third thyroid  treatment  and thyroid testing   I was worse off then when I was initially  DX.  I once again got sent off after I threw a fit over their incompetence and the civilian Endocrinologist  told me there was no way my thyroid  was going to be where it needed to be on the dosages they were giving me as the doses were NEGLIGIBLE  . Sound familiar? People,  the laymen  on Thyroid group knew more then those military  idiots.

  Fast forward to today, they have now basically crippled me. I had a meniscus tear , a  knee 101 injury . I told those incompetent doctors  that I thought I tweeked my knee as I was getting up . The pain I had  was a  burning stabbing pain that came on suddenly . It came after  I twisted my knee.  My knee was slipping/ locking and something felt like it was getting caught in the bones . For a year those idiots had DX me with arthritis ,  bursitis and a  slipping knee joint, Really???? For a  YEAR of constantly going back, no less than   twice a month,   they could never DX a simple tear. It's  the #1 knee injury in women. I  begged them  to get me  off that hell hole of a base to get a competent second opinion . I was constantly denied as " they had a competent  Ortho Dept.  and I just needed to hang in there for 10 years until I could get a  knee replacement. After a year, I was in such hysterical pain,  I was allowed  a referral off base . The first civilian  surgeon I saw ruled out every DX those  military doctors made as the symptoms did NOT correlate with any of their DX'S . He  told me  within a  10 minute appointment " I bet your walking on a tear."  He could DX in ten minutes what they could not do in a YEAR!!!

  He  did the  surgery and sure enough my meniscus tear was  now very  large and badly shredded.  Fast forward to  today  since  those incompetent doctors allowed so much damage to happen to my left knee , I had to overcompensate on my right  knee. Now thanks to those military idiots because of the damage they allowed to happen by doing absolutely NOTHING, I will lose both knees. The one with the tear had so much meniscus removed  I now  have bone spurs forming .

    My good knee could not take all my weight from over compensating  so now  it is wearing and shredding down at an alarming rate. I told those idiots I  had injured it. I used to walk my dogs every night before the tear .  Now I can't  stand or walk for any length of time. I can no longer  walk my dogs as I live in daily pain. Military Doctors don't give a Damn !! There is no accountability!!! When I complained about them I was told I could go to Tricare Standard. Here's a thought how about these health care providers  doing their Damn job!!! You don't get rid of students because teachers can't teach , you get rid of the teachers.  When you tell a patient they can change their insurance , you are not looking for accountability by the provider , you are looking for a way to get rid of that patient!!!

   I work in child care, if I did something to alter a child's  quality of life  I would get FIRED. I could not tell a parent  well you should have hired a  private childcare worker  if you wanted your child to be watched.   I make piddley amount of money compared to these military Doctors, yet they can screw up our lives and nothing happens.  Something is wrong with that picture. Their jobs and livelihood should be  stake just  like everyone else's and  perhaps then they might give a rats ass on the decisions that they make  that

 will affect  the lives of the  people who depend on them.

   My medical care by  military doctors is nothing but MEDICAL NEGLECT!!!!! 

    I have owned animals for 30 years. IN those 30 years I have had to speak for  every one of my animals.   Each and every time my Veterinarians have pegged their DX's correctly from me speaking for them.  Yet....  NOT ONE  OF these  military doctors can get it right ONCE, even  when it comes directly from my mouth on  what I am feeling and how I  was injured , that is  TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE and UNBELIEVABLE .  How in the hell did they get any kind of medical degree is BEYOND my comprehension!!! . 

 I need a job like theirs, one  with absolutely  NO ACCOUNTABILITY !!! 

Cat
Cat

@Tony


These military  providers are horrendous and my treatment as a survivor has been nothing but  inhumane  and  total medical neglect. I have never  experienced that in the civilian world. Ex. I came down with Bell Palsy simple treatment is steroids.  I was  never started on steroids .it took me 5 persistent  days to get off base and my friend had to drive me an hour away. I could no longer turn my neck to drive  and  I had constant ringing in my ears.   The  civilian  Neurologist was shocked that the  treatment was not started A.S.A.P. as it could have caused  permanent  paralysis. 

    Then I became hypothyroid. . They could not DX that even though I was very symptomatic  until my levels were so low I could barely stand anymore. Right before looking at my levels I was told by the military PA " we all want to believe it's our thyroid." Really ?

    People on a Yahoo Thyroid group that I had joined had told me that the dosages the military were giving me were NEGLIGIBLE  compared to my lab work. Then after my third thyroid  treatment  and thyroid testing   I was worse off then when I was initially  DX.  I once again got sent off after I threw a fit over their incompetence and the civilian Endocrinologist  told me there was no way my thyroid  was going to be where it needed to be on the dosages they were giving me as the doses were NEGLIGIBLE  . Sound familiar? People,  the laymen  on Thyroid group knew more then those military  idiots.

  Fast forward to today, they have now basically crippled me. I had a meniscus tear , knee 101. I told those incompetent idiots that I thought I tweeked my knee as I was getting up . The pain was a  burning stabbing pain that came on suddenly . It came  I twisted my knee and my knee was slipping/ locking and something felt like it was getting caught. For a year those idiots had DX me with arthritis ,  bursitis and a  slipping knee joint, Really???? For a  YEAR of constantly going back, at least twice a month,   they could never DX a simple tear. the #1 knee injury in women. I  begged them  to get me  off that hell hole of a base to get a competent second opinion and  I was constantly denied as " they had a competent  Ortho Dept.  and I just needed to hang in there for 10 years until I get a  knee replacement. After a year I was in such hysterical pain,  I was allowed  a referral off base . The first civilian  surgeon I saw ruled out every DX those  military doctors made as the symptoms did NOT correlate with any of their DX'S  and  he said  within a  10 minute appointment  I bet your walking on a tear. 

  He then did surgery and sure enough my meniscus was  now very  large and badly shredded.  Fast forward to  today those incompetent doctors allowed so much damage to happen to my left knee that I had to overcompensate on my right  knee. Now thanks to those military idiots because of the damage they allowed to happen by doing absolutely NOTHING I will lose both knees. The one with the tear had so much meniscus removed  I now 

 have bone spurs forming .

    My good knee could not take all my weight from over compensating  so now  it is wearing and shredding down at an alarming rate. I told those idiots I  had injured it. I used to walk my dogs before the tear every night.  Now I can't  stand or walk for any length of time. I can no longer  walk my dogs as I live in daily pain. Military Doctors don't give a Damn . There is no accountability!!! When I complained about them I was told I could go to Tricare Standard. Here's a thought how about you doing your Damn job!!! You don't get rid of students because teachers can't teach , you get rid of the teachers. 

   I work in child care, if I did something to alter a child's  quality of life  I would get FIRED. I could not tell a parent  well you should have taken private childcare if you want your child to be watched.   I make piddley amount of money compared to these military Doctors, yet they can screw up our lives and nothing happens.  Something is wrong with that picture. Their jobs and livelihood should be  stake like everyone else's and  perhaps then they might give a rats ass on the decisions that they make  that

 will affect  the lives of people who depend on them.

   My medical care by  military doctors is nothing but MEDICAL NEGLECT!!!!! 

    I have owned animals for 30 years and in those 30 years I have had to speak for them in every ailment they have had.  Each and every time my Veterinarians have pegged the DX correctly from me speaking for them.  Yet  NOT ONE  OF these  military doctors can't get it right ONCE, even  when it comes directly from my mouth on  what I am feeling and how I  was injured , that is  TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE . 

 I need a job like that, with absolutely  NO ACCOUNTABILITY !!! 

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And BTW I have YET to have anybody in the civilian world tell me I need to hang in there for 10 years in excruciating pain . When I have a tooth pain my dentist does not tell me to hang in there  until I get dentures. When I was sent off base for my right knee because I threw a ruckus on how they have crippled me  with my left knee , and now ruined my right knee , the doctors off base  NOT ONCE told me I needed to hang in there for ten years . They ran tests to my complaints  to find out exactly  what was going on until they found any answer. Unlike Eglin's AFB military doctors who are nothing but a  human pharmaceutical Pez dispenser and do absolutely  NOTHING !!!

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And BTW I have YET to have anybody in the civilian world tell me I needed to hang in there for 10 years in excruciating pain . When I have a tooth pain my dentist does not tell me to hang in there  until I get dentures. When I was sent off base for my right knee because I threw a ruckus on how they have crippled me  with my left knee , and now ruined my right knee , the doctors off base  NOT ONCE told me I needed to hang in there for ten years . They ran tests to my complaints  to find out exactly  what was going on until they found any answer. Unlike Eglin's AFB military doctors who are nothing but a  human pharmaceutical Pez dispenser and do absolutely  NOTHING !!!

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And BTW I have YET to have anybody in the civilian world tell me I needed to hang in there for 10 years in excruciating pain . When I have a tooth pain my dentist does not tell me to hang in there  until I get dentures. When I was sent off base for my right knee because I threw a ruckus on how they have crippled me  with my left knee , and now ruined my right knee , the doctors off base  NOT ONCE told me I needed to hang in there for ten years . They ran tests to my complaints  to find out exactly  what was going on until they found any answer unlike Eglin's AFB military doctors who were l nothing but a  human pharmaceutical Pez dispenser and did absolutely  NOTHING !!!

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I do not know why when I tried to revise each response,  they repeatedly came up.  Each and every time I had hit  the delete button . Oh well, sorry for the repetition.