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Your Worst Healthcare Story?

Posted by on Oct. 18, 2013 at 1:54 AM
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I've been dealing with MTFs and Tricare on a daily basis lately and it's almost comical.  Just curious to hear other outrageous stories.  What's the worst thing you've experienced with either your own, your spouse or your children's healthcare in the military?

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TonyaLea
by Silver Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM

I had one very bad experience with a military doctor, filed complaints, and never went back.  I use Tricare Standard and civilians now.

SlapItHigh
by Platinum Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM

I have a few doozies.  One of them was years ago, my husband developed a spot on his face and I was worried it might be cancer so I encourage him to go to medical to get it checked out.  The first thing the dr said was, "it's definitely not cancer" and gave him a cream.  Cream didn't work.  This process went on for months and various different creams.  She finally admits that she's referred "too many people" to derm and so she really doesn't want to do that.  This is a man who needs a dermantologist, lol.  He has a ton of moles and a history of skin cancer.  The spot on his face is getting worse and worse over the many months of ineffective treatment and I encouraged my husband to go to medical again and insist on a referral.  The same dr says, "Does your wife have a medical degree?" but finally relents and gives him the referral.  As soon as he gets in with derm, the dermatologist takes one look and says, "That's cancer"....biopsy confirms :/.
 

SlapItHigh
by Platinum Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 1:59 AM


The problem I have with that is that not very many good drs around here accept tricare.  I actually had the head of pediatrics point this out to me after she literally called me a liar and cussed me out when I told her about something one of her techs did (dropped a vaccine on the floor, needle bounced, she picked it up and administered it to my son, causing his leg to swell).  That's another good one :/.

Quoting TonyaLea:

I had one very bad experience with a military doctor, filed complaints, and never went back.  I use Tricare Standard and civilians now.



beethann
by on Oct. 18, 2013 at 2:03 AM
Why did you let herstick him with that needle?!

Quoting SlapItHigh:


The problem I have with that is that not very many good drs around here accept tricare.  I actually had the head of pediatrics point this out to me after she literally called me a liar and cussed me out when I told her about something one of her techs did (dropped a vaccine on the floor, needle bounced, she picked it up and administered it to my son, causing his leg to swell).  That's another good one :/.


Quoting TonyaLea:

I had one very bad experience with a military doctor, filed complaints, and never went back.  I use Tricare Standard and civilians now.




TonyaLea
by Silver Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 2:07 AM

I have never had a problem with doctors accepting tricare.  When he joined, our pediatrician just happened to be an in-network provider, so we were able to keep him.  Same thing with my OBGYN.  When we moved, I asked our new neighbors for recommendations, look up the in-network providers in the area, and search the internet for ratings and reviews.  I love our new pediatrician even more than the last.

Quoting SlapItHigh:

The problem I have with that is that not very many good drs around here accept tricare.  I actually had the head of pediatrics point this out to me after she literally called me a liar and cussed me out when I told her about something one of her techs did (dropped a vaccine on the floor, needle bounced, she picked it up and administered it to my son, causing his leg to swell).  That's another good one :/.

Quoting TonyaLea:

I had one very bad experience with a military doctor, filed complaints, and never went back.  I use Tricare Standard and civilians now.


SlapItHigh
by Platinum Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 2:08 AM
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I assumed she was picking it up to dispose of it, not inject it into my son.  If I had realized what she was going to do, I would have tried to stop her before it was too late.  It was like, "did that just happen??!?!!"  I was pissed and took it right up the chain of command.

Quoting beethann:

Why did you let herstick him with that needle?!

Quoting SlapItHigh:


The problem I have with that is that not very many good drs around here accept tricare.  I actually had the head of pediatrics point this out to me after she literally called me a liar and cussed me out when I told her about something one of her techs did (dropped a vaccine on the floor, needle bounced, she picked it up and administered it to my son, causing his leg to swell).  That's another good one :/.


Quoting TonyaLea:

I had one very bad experience with a military doctor, filed complaints, and never went back.  I use Tricare Standard and civilians now.






SlapItHigh
by Platinum Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 2:11 AM

I just got a referral for Rheumatology but the naval hopsital is full so they bumped me out in town.  They automatically assigned me to a civilian Rheumatologist.  I looked up his rating and he is by far, the worst rated Rheumatologist in the area.  By far.  He gets 1.9 stars, lol.  Every single high rated Rheumatologist does not take Tricare.  The vast majority here do not accept Tricare and the ones who do are the ones with the lower ratings.  It's been a depressing realization.  It might be different in an area with lesss military but here, there are tons.  Drs would not be able to stay in business if most of them accepted Tricare because Tricare does not pay enough and the red tape is ridiculous.


Quoting TonyaLea:

I have never had a problem with doctors accepting tricare.  When he joined, our pediatrician just happened to be an in-network provider, so we were able to keep him.  Same thing with my OBGYN.  When we moved, I asked our new neighbors for recommendations, look up the in-network providers in the area, and search the internet for ratings and reviews.  I love our new pediatrician even more than the last.

Quoting SlapItHigh:

The problem I have with that is that not very many good drs around here accept tricare.  I actually had the head of pediatrics point this out to me after she literally called me a liar and cussed me out when I told her about something one of her techs did (dropped a vaccine on the floor, needle bounced, she picked it up and administered it to my son, causing his leg to swell).  That's another good one :/.

Quoting TonyaLea:

I had one very bad experience with a military doctor, filed complaints, and never went back.  I use Tricare Standard and civilians now.




TonyaLea
by Silver Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 2:14 AM

I live in San Diego (huge military communtiy with Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard) and before I lived right outside of one of the biggest army bases in the Northwest.  Both areas had huge populations of military, and still tons of great doctos accepted tricare.  Maybe specialists like rheumatologists are different, I have never had to use a specialist.

Quoting SlapItHigh:

I just got a referral for Rheumatology but the naval hopsital is full so they bumped me out in town.  They automatically assigned me to a civilian Rheumatologist.  I looked up his rating and he is by far, the worst rated Rheumatologist in the area.  By far.  He gets 1.9 stars, lol.  Every single high rated Rheumatologist does not take Tricare.  The vast majority here do not accept Tricare and the ones who do are the ones with the lower ratings.  It's been a depressing realization.  It might be different in an area with lesss military but here, there are tons.  Drs would not be able to stay in business if most of them accepted Tricare because Tricare does not pay enough and the red tape is ridiculous.

Quoting TonyaLea:

I have never had a problem with doctors accepting tricare.  When he joined, our pediatrician just happened to be an in-network provider, so we were able to keep him.  Same thing with my OBGYN.  When we moved, I asked our new neighbors for recommendations, look up the in-network providers in the area, and search the internet for ratings and reviews.  I love our new pediatrician even more than the last.

Quoting SlapItHigh:

The problem I have with that is that not very many good drs around here accept tricare.  I actually had the head of pediatrics point this out to me after she literally called me a liar and cussed me out when I told her about something one of her techs did (dropped a vaccine on the floor, needle bounced, she picked it up and administered it to my son, causing his leg to swell).  That's another good one :/.

Quoting TonyaLea:

I had one very bad experience with a military doctor, filed complaints, and never went back.  I use Tricare Standard and civilians now.


SlapItHigh
by Platinum Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 2:19 AM
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Both of those areas have a lot less military than where I live.


Quoting TonyaLea:

I live in San Diego (huge military communtiy with Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard) and before I lived right outside of one of the biggest army bases in the Northwest.  Both areas had huge populations of military, and still tons of great doctos accepted tricare.  Maybe specialists like rheumatologists are different, I have never had to use a specialist.

Quoting SlapItHigh:

I just got a referral for Rheumatology but the naval hopsital is full so they bumped me out in town.  They automatically assigned me to a civilian Rheumatologist.  I looked up his rating and he is by far, the worst rated Rheumatologist in the area.  By far.  He gets 1.9 stars, lol.  Every single high rated Rheumatologist does not take Tricare.  The vast majority here do not accept Tricare and the ones who do are the ones with the lower ratings.  It's been a depressing realization.  It might be different in an area with lesss military but here, there are tons.  Drs would not be able to stay in business if most of them accepted Tricare because Tricare does not pay enough and the red tape is ridiculous.

Quoting TonyaLea:

I have never had a problem with doctors accepting tricare.  When he joined, our pediatrician just happened to be an in-network provider, so we were able to keep him.  Same thing with my OBGYN.  When we moved, I asked our new neighbors for recommendations, look up the in-network providers in the area, and search the internet for ratings and reviews.  I love our new pediatrician even more than the last.

Quoting SlapItHigh:

The problem I have with that is that not very many good drs around here accept tricare.  I actually had the head of pediatrics point this out to me after she literally called me a liar and cussed me out when I told her about something one of her techs did (dropped a vaccine on the floor, needle bounced, she picked it up and administered it to my son, causing his leg to swell).  That's another good one :/.

Quoting TonyaLea:

I had one very bad experience with a military doctor, filed complaints, and never went back.  I use Tricare Standard and civilians now.




SlapItHigh
by Platinum Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 2:24 AM
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Just to give you an idea of where I live:

"The Hampton Roads area has the largest concentration of military bases and facilities of any metropolitan area in the world. Nearly one-fourth of the nation’s active-duty military personnel are stationed in Hampton Roads, and 45% of the region's $81B gross regional output is Defense-related.[53][54] All five military services’ operating forces are there, as well as several major command headquarters"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampton_Roads


Quoting TonyaLea:

I live in San Diego (huge military communtiy with Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard) and before I lived right outside of one of the biggest army bases in the Northwest.  Both areas had huge populations of military, and still tons of great doctos accepted tricare.  Maybe specialists like rheumatologists are different, I have never had to use a specialist.

Quoting SlapItHigh:

I just got a referral for Rheumatology but the naval hopsital is full so they bumped me out in town.  They automatically assigned me to a civilian Rheumatologist.  I looked up his rating and he is by far, the worst rated Rheumatologist in the area.  By far.  He gets 1.9 stars, lol.  Every single high rated Rheumatologist does not take Tricare.  The vast majority here do not accept Tricare and the ones who do are the ones with the lower ratings.  It's been a depressing realization.  It might be different in an area with lesss military but here, there are tons.  Drs would not be able to stay in business if most of them accepted Tricare because Tricare does not pay enough and the red tape is ridiculous.

Quoting TonyaLea:

I have never had a problem with doctors accepting tricare.  When he joined, our pediatrician just happened to be an in-network provider, so we were able to keep him.  Same thing with my OBGYN.  When we moved, I asked our new neighbors for recommendations, look up the in-network providers in the area, and search the internet for ratings and reviews.  I love our new pediatrician even more than the last.

Quoting SlapItHigh:

The problem I have with that is that not very many good drs around here accept tricare.  I actually had the head of pediatrics point this out to me after she literally called me a liar and cussed me out when I told her about something one of her techs did (dropped a vaccine on the floor, needle bounced, she picked it up and administered it to my son, causing his leg to swell).  That's another good one :/.

Quoting TonyaLea:

I had one very bad experience with a military doctor, filed complaints, and never went back.  I use Tricare Standard and civilians now.




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