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Old 11-05-2016, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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There is? Name some of those better plans...

I go to local, top of the line civilian hospitals for my medical treatment. My wife is also covered. I/we are using TRICARE Prime
While I agree that Tricare is much better/cheaper than a lot out there...you are fortunate that you get to use those "top of the line civilian hospitals" for your medical treatment.

I'm stuck going to the base for all my Tricare Prime medical care and they only deal with trying to solve problems once you have them. There is no preventative care whatsoever. You need to make appointments three weeks or more in advance and I have to drive all the way to the base for every doctors appointment and prescription I need filled. Found out I had severe skin cancer (not basil cell) on my face and it was two months before the pre authorizations were complete so I could be treated by a civilian doctor. In those two months it went from the size of a pea to the size of a dime and I have a very large scar on my face now.

I know I have better than a lot of people but it isn't "quality" healthcare.
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Old 11-07-2016, 07:10 PM
 
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Stick it out and then see if you can find a civil service job. Two retirements are possible and social security at age 60 equals an excellent opportunity for a very comfortable retirement. See other views
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Old 11-09-2016, 12:34 PM
 
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Yes it is worth it. My husband did 20+ years. Besides the monthly pension which is great, we have found that the Tricare benefits are worth MORE than we ever thought they would be. I feel very lucky that we have this benefit, when others at my work are paying huge monthly premiums for insurance that is fare worse than Tricare.

Also, we do not live near a base so this doesn't apply to us, but for those who retired and stayed near a large military instillation, the commissary benefits would be a huge plus as well!

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Old 11-13-2016, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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The check is nice. Health care is overrated because there are much better plans.
Disagree. I'm a 20+ yr retiree and don't understand what you're talking about. Care to expound on that? I pay $500/yr for full coverage of health care with a primary care physician who I see without any problems (appointments). I see an ophthalmologist dermatologist, have access to to GI as needed for cancer sceening procedures. Optometry screen every two years. Not a problem whatsoever. In fact, this is a huge incentive and I'm guessing it's about a $500-700 benefit per month that I thank my lucky stars I have access to. When I was grinding out my military career in war zones, etc, I rarely thought of the medical benefits of my career - and only considered the pension as an incentive to keep going until 20 yrs....
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Old 11-13-2016, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Pretty fortunate to have this.

Health Plans - TRICARE For Life | TRICARE

Last edited by Poncho_NM; 11-13-2016 at 04:41 PM.. Reason: Don't even consider starting a political issue... Your post is edited.
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Old 11-13-2016, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Disagree. I'm a 20+ yr retiree and don't understand what you're talking about. Care to expound on that? I pay $500/yr for full coverage of health care with a primary care physician who I see without any problems (appointments). I see an ophthalmologist dermatologist, have access to to GI as needed for cancer sceening procedures. Optometry screen every two years. Not a problem whatsoever. In fact, this is a huge incentive and I'm guessing it's about a $500-700 benefit per month that I thank my lucky stars I have access to. When I was grinding out my military career in war zones, etc, I rarely thought of the medical benefits of my career - and only considered the pension as an incentive to keep going until 20 yrs....
Since I retired, our PCPs have changed a few times. They keep transitioning in the careers. Everytime we have made calls to doctor's offices to see if they were accepting new patients, ALL OF THEM accept Martin's Point.

Everytime that we have been referred to a specialist [surgeon, urologist, oncologist, OB/GYN, cardiologist, even a naturopath] EVERY ONE OF THEM accepts Martin's Point. There was a 2-week time delay with the naturopath because she had to enroll with Martin's Point.

My Dw has gone through a hysterectomy, five heart attacks each with a week in a cardiac ward with all their procedures, and I have gone through prostate cancer and removal. We have not experienced any hiccups.

As far as we can tell, we can go into any hospital in this state, any doctor's office, any specialist, and it is all 'covered'.

Now they have problems with communication, none of these healthcare providers seem to be able to their records back to my PCP, and integrated into a single 'record'.



As a retiree the healthcare I get now is far superior to what I had access to on Active Duty.

And it is fairly obvious that what I have now is superior to what most civilians around here can get.
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