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Re: Military Benefits, different than when you joined?
« Reply #60 on: August 02, 2008, 11:01:27 PM »

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Wrong.....Called two weeks or so for a follow up and was told to try calling the nurse my Dr uses and maybe she can help me. Tri-Care was full until the end of next month. I had to get my blood pressure checked daily for 2 weeks then bring her(DR) my results. After calling the nurse(Got phone message system) 4 days later got called to see another DR I had not seen. Well now he wants me to do this same sh#t again and see him in a month. He also change the meds the last DR changed. This whole system is screwed. Every time you go you see a new DR., when you can see one and he/she wants to reinvent the wheel. They are sure providing the free dental and medical I was promised back in 74. NOT

Very true Pete.  We sure don't get what was promised to us in the early 70s.  This isn't bashing it's a statement of fact.  Too bad some feel they are the only ones that can be correct.

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Re: Military Benefits, different than when you joined?
« Reply #61 on: August 03, 2008, 01:25:24 AM »
FWIW...I remember as a young military bride at Ft Jackson...each clinic had a polite but very explicit sign posted at the desk...outline PRIORITY of care.

Top on the list then...and now ...and should be...Active Duty.

Even back in the 70's the Retirees and their family members were well down on the Priority list...sad but true...but nothing there has changed..except fewer providers and few installations around that can even take care of anyone except the Active Duty military member.

I still contend that even with the premiums...Tricare a much better system than the old Champus...with Champus one had to pretty much have some kind of supplemental private health insurance.
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Re: Military Benefits, different than when you joined?
« Reply #62 on: August 04, 2008, 01:04:26 AM »
FWIW...I remember as a young military bride at Ft Jackson...each clinic had a polite but very explicit sign posted at the desk...outline PRIORITY of care.

Top on the list then...and now ...and should be...Active Duty.

Even back in the 70's the Retirees and their family members were well down on the Priority list...sad but true...but nothing there has changed..except fewer providers and few installations around that can even take care of anyone except the Active Duty military member.

I still contend that even with the premiums...Tricare a much better system than the old Champus...with Champus one had to pretty much have some kind of supplemental private health insurance.

Merry we're not saying the active folks shouldn't go first.  But the quality and quantity of health care for retirees has gone DOWN.  I used to feel the same way you do, that TRICARE was better than the old CHAMPUS, not sure that is the case anymore, especially with the administration wanting to rates our rates (and it wasn't a small amount either).  In 1996 if TRICARE sent me to a civilian provider my co-pay for that appointment was $5.  Now it's $12.  That's a more than 100% increase, my retired pay hasn't increased by over 100% in that time.  I dont' begrudge our active military a single thing, but if we don't take care of ourselves who is going to? 

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Re: Military Benefits, different than when you joined?
« Reply #63 on: August 06, 2008, 12:02:23 AM »
I just had my first experience with that Tricare  Off-Post referral for nonavailability of a same day appointment.
 
Sunday afternoon, I was stung by something ( wasp, yellow jacket.. ??? ) and felt a little dizzy a few minutes afterwards, but attributed that to the heat. I mowed some of our lawn and went back inside to shower, feed the dogs, make dinner for hubby and sat down at the PC.
 
I felt a little itchy and didn't think too much of it until I looked down at my legs and discovered, to my HORROR, that I was now covered with HIVES. Definitely a sign of an allergic reaction. As I wasn't feeling short of breath or had any other symptoms to warrant a trip to the FLW ER, I slapped some Benadryl cream on the hives and rooted through the kitchen cabinets until I found some ( more likely than not very outdated ) cold pills with an antihistamine.
 
It took several hours for the hives to begin to subside but it scared me enough ( my late father had a terrible allergy to insect stings and had to take numerous allergy shots plus carry a bee sting kit with him at all times ) to know that I needed to see a doctor the next day.
 
I called for an appointment just after 7:00 AM and since they could not get me one that day, I was given the option of going to St John's Clinic in St Robert and paying the $ 12.00 copay.
 
I was able to get an appointment there for 8:45 AM with Jeannie Carlton, nurse practitioner, and I gotta tell you all...she was WONDERFUL. She did a good exam and history and reassured me that I had done the right thing as far as home treatment... although she suggested kindly that I please get some FRESH Benadryl to keep on hand and how to take it should I get stung again.
 
So....I had a very POSITIVE experience and I honestly felt that it was well worth it for my peace of mind to pay that $ 12,.00 copay and again, I am surely glad that we do have that option for when we cannot get seen same day by our PCM's...yet what we need to get seen for doesn't warrant a trip to the Emergency Room.
 
I will relay this episode when I have my appointment with my PCM in September and see if perhaps this episode indicates that I may need to get an futher referral to an allergy specialist.
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Re: Military Benefits, different than when you joined?
« Reply #64 on: August 11, 2008, 06:39:14 PM »
I just got off the phone with Tricare attempting to make appointments for myself and my children and was told every appointment until Sept 8 is booked and I can try to call tomorrow and make an appointment for Sept 9th but there are very few. So lets see my husband is active duty, we do have tricare prime, yes the hospitial is understaffed and its not easy to get appointments.

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Re: Military Benefits, different than when you joined?
« Reply #65 on: August 22, 2008, 10:30:09 PM »
I just had my first experience with that Tricare  Off-Post referral for nonavailability of a same day appointment.
 
Sunday afternoon, I was stung by something ( wasp, yellow jacket.. ??? ) and felt a little dizzy a few minutes afterwards, but attributed that to the heat. I mowed some of our lawn and went back inside to shower, feed the dogs, make dinner for hubby and sat down at the PC.
 
I felt a little itchy and didn't think too much of it until I looked down at my legs and discovered, to my HORROR, that I was now covered with HIVES. Definitely a sign of an allergic reaction. As I wasn't feeling short of breath or had any other symptoms to warrant a trip to the FLW ER, I slapped some Benadryl cream on the hives and rooted through the kitchen cabinets until I found some ( more likely than not very outdated ) cold pills with an antihistamine.
 
It took several hours for the hives to begin to subside but it scared me enough ( my late father had a terrible allergy to insect stings and had to take numerous allergy shots plus carry a bee sting kit with him at all times ) to know that I needed to see a doctor the next day.
 
I called for an appointment just after 7:00 AM and since they could not get me one that day, I was given the option of going to St John's Clinic in St Robert and paying the $ 12.00 copay.
 
I was able to get an appointment there for 8:45 AM with Jeannie Carlton, nurse practitioner, and I gotta tell you all...she was WONDERFUL. She did a good exam and history and reassured me that I had done the right thing as far as home treatment... although she suggested kindly that I please get some FRESH Benadryl to keep on hand and how to take it should I get stung again.
 
So....I had a very POSITIVE experience and I honestly felt that it was well worth it for my peace of mind to pay that $ 12,.00 copay and again, I am surely glad that we do have that option for when we cannot get seen same day by our PCM's...yet what we need to get seen for doesn't warrant a trip to the Emergency Room.
 
I will relay this episode when I have my appointment with my PCM in September and see if perhaps this episode indicates that I may need to get an futher referral to an allergy specialist.

Yep the local St Johns does a great job and I'm glad I was able to go to them.  But, if I fill out paperwork to be allowed to go to a civilian provider at TRICARE, I have to go to Lebanon or Rolla, I can't go to the local if I'm in TRICARE Prime.  I have to be in TRICARE standard (with the higher copays).  Now, I'm sorry but that just doesn't make sense.

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Re: Military Benefits, different than when you joined?
« Reply #66 on: August 23, 2008, 05:06:08 PM »
You got that  right; we should be able to pick a PCM within the Network. Just because we are in the cachement area should not limit us to a PCM on Post if we pay the Prime premiums and have no issue with the co-pay...especially given that we are "short of providers and appointments" . I thinnk many would maybe prefer to see someone who is not going to leave in the next few months or years and have to start all over again.
Susan Aspeotes
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