In an obvious ploy to deflect criticism away from the Phoenix VAMC debacle and the new ones popping up like mole hills across the fruited plain, VA Secretary Shinseki got permission from Hizzonner to let us plebeians access private medical care. As usual, it was with a minor treble hook. All VA regulations and gimmees are. This one comes with the “If we can’t schedule you in thirty (30, samsip, trente) days” then you can go to the Massah’ clinic up at the big house.”
Us 100% P&T guys always could do this and sometimes get away with it if it was a rural situation. By 2008, they’d send the meat wagon out to fetch you for their warped brand of hospitality they serve up at VAMCs. My money is if it turns into an extended stay, they’ll give you the first bed available at their local Death Valley Inn.