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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: I've said it before and I'll say it again....

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Friday, May 22, 2009

I've said it before and I'll say it again....

I hate Tricare. I hate everything about it.

Ok, as many of you know, I have stomach issues and I see a specialist for them. Well, I went in for a follow up appointment last Thursday only to find out that my referral expired two days before, so I couldn't be seen. Fine. My doctors office called Tricare about it and tried to get more appointments, but Tricare never called back! Great.

So I called Tricare and they said, "well, I could have helped you two days ago before your referral expired, but now, there's nothing we can do. You have to go see your doctor again." By the way, all this is going on with a new symptom. I am now vomiting on a regular basis. So I really need to be seen. So I call the make an appointment. I am guaranteed an "urgent care" appointment within 24 hours (it is now Thursday afternoon). They tell me they can't get me in until Monday. Urgent care my ass!! So I call the doctors office directly to plead my case.

Mind you, I don't actually need to be seen. I just need to get a new referral written. So, I call and tell the nurse my situation and say, "I don't need to be seen, I just need a new referral." She tells me, my doctor isn't in, but will be in tomorrow (Friday) and that she will give her my info. Long story short, I jump through some hoops and give my doctor my specialists info and she writes the referral on Friday.

I go online to check to see if my referral is approved last night. (It has now been almost a week since my doctor wrote it) Oh, it got approved all right. But only for 5 days, so it is now expired!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!!!! So I call Tricare and say WTF?! She says, well, it was written as an "urgent care" referral. So it was only good for 5 days. But I got three appointments approved. So I called the doctors office and said, "It's expired already, I need a new one." The girl actually argued with me. She said it was written as a regular referral and that I was wrong! Really?! So I tell her, I just got off the phone with Tricare and it is in fact expired. So she goes and talks to the Tricare office on base and low and behold they tell her, "Oh, yeah, when it passed through here, we changed it to an urgent care referral, OOPS" Are you kidding me!? So, now, the nurse is dealing with all these stupid people to get it fixed so I can see my freakn' doctor!!!!

I hate Tricare so much. Why do they make everything so difficult? I just need to be seen by my doctor. I need to make an appointment and be seen. To make matters worse, I have to have more tests run. An endoscopy was not enough, I guess. So now I am having more test, possibly surgery and I haven't even seen my doctor yet!

Tricare blows. I wish I had civilian insurance. It was so much easier back when I had normal civilian insurance. Those were the days.

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