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Old 01-24-2011, 06:56 PM
 
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I grew up with Kaiser in CA and became a member here. I've never had a problem with them. I have been lucky and and found good doctors who are quick to refer to specialists when needed.
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:51 PM
 
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Does anyone have any experience going to the Kaiser center in Manassas? I'm trying to figure out if switching to Kaiser would be a good idea or not for our family, and being in Gainesville, I'm assuming that would be the closest location. Also, how does it work with pregnancies? Does Kaiser have a contract with only certain hospitals for you to deliver at?

I've never had Kaiser before, and though many of the people in this region seem to use them, I don't know anyone personally who has them either. Is Kaiser just as good (or bad) as any other HMO? I've had both HMOs and PPOs, and since I'm a pretty healthy person with no major medical problems, I didn't notice a difference between them, so the whole managed care and referrals part of HMOs haven't been an issue for me. I'm glad to see that so many have had good luck with Kaiser in the area though.
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:56 PM
 
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My Kaiser Dr. in Manassas was Anna Kasperska. I chose the Russian over the other three, who were all Middle-Easterners. I was never sick, but it was good to know I was covered, and their office was convenient.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:11 AM
 
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I gave birth while with Kaiser in Manassas. I live very close to their Manassas office and was a little bit suprised that they don't do deliveries at Prince William Hospital even though it is right down the street from them on Sudley Rd; rather, they delivered at Fair Oaks, Fairfax would have been the next closest. They were not open to having a particular doctor do the delivery (hence, if you want a female-only staff present, they won't make any promises when the time comes). Tried to have a mid-wife do the delivery but they had only one; she worked out of the Woodbridge center and only did deliveries in that area. Wanted a non-medicated, natural birth; was repeatedly pressured by the doctor to take the epidural during each contraction. No water births; wanted a hands and knees birth position; was told by the nurses/doctor that it had to be a flat on back position because the baby was coming out too fast??? the other way (even though I was in labor for five hours). I guess it depends on your coverage but it cost $250.00 out of pocket for the delivery and hospital stay; I stayed at the hospital for a day and half, any longer then the price would have gone up. Fair Oaks provided a breast feeding class and a private breast feeding consultation (I attended the class but the private consultation never happened; I guess the consultant got bogged down with other customers).
I'm not familiar with other providers in the area; sorry, can't help with comparisons.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:50 AM
 
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My neighbor had Kaiser (we are in Woodbridge) and her delivery *had* to occur at Fairfax. Of course, she went into labor during a HUGE snowstorm and begged them to let her go to Potomac. No can do. Fortunately, her husband did have a 4 wheel drive and they had to make the drive to Fairfax.

I'm not sure how much this outcome would have differed under any other insurance these days.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:37 AM
 
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I gave birth while with Kaiser in Manassas. I live very close to their Manassas office and was a little bit suprised that they don't do deliveries at Prince William Hospital even though it is right down the street from them on Sudley Rd; rather, they delivered at Fair Oaks, Fairfax would have been the next closest. They were not open to having a particular doctor do the delivery (hence, if you want a female-only staff present, they won't make any promises when the time comes). Tried to have a mid-wife do the delivery but they had only one; she worked out of the Woodbridge center and only did deliveries in that area. Wanted a non-medicated, natural birth; was repeatedly pressured by the doctor to take the epidural during each contraction. No water births; wanted a hands and knees birth position; was told by the nurses/doctor that it had to be a flat on back position because the baby was coming out too fast??? the other way (even though I was in labor for five hours). I guess it depends on your coverage but it cost $250.00 out of pocket for the delivery and hospital stay; I stayed at the hospital for a day and half, any longer then the price would have gone up. Fair Oaks provided a breast feeding class and a private breast feeding consultation (I attended the class but the private consultation never happened; I guess the consultant got bogged down with other customers).
I'm not familiar with other providers in the area; sorry, can't help with comparisons.
Regardless of what insurance you have a group of doctors will have privledges at 1 maybe 2 hospitals you dont get to choose like a hotel. Additionally a group of doctors take turns being on call for deliveries so you will end up with whom ever is on call again does not matter waht insurance you have. As far as co-payments you have a single co-payment not based on the days you stay.
And finally the doctors and nurses are far more experienced in the processs and if they recommended a certain position maybe it was for the safety of your baby
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:32 AM
 
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Regardless of what insurance you have a group of doctors will have privledges at 1 maybe 2 hospitals you dont get to choose like a hotel. Additionally a group of doctors take turns being on call for deliveries so you will end up with whom ever is on call again does not matter waht insurance you have. As far as co-payments you have a single co-payment not based on the days you stay.
And finally the doctors and nurses are far more experienced in the processs and if they recommended a certain position maybe it was for the safety of your baby

I think everyone knows this but in my neighbor's example, she was in a rough situation and really just wanted to go to Potomac's ER and have the baby there with a whoever was attending at the hospital that day. But the birth would not have been paid for. So they had to take a significant risk to drive the 40 minutes (in good weather) to FFX hospital. I think in situations where things don't go smoothly, Kaiser can be very rigid about changes. I know that if I were in the situation where I had to go to another ER than where my doctor works to have a baby, my insurance would pay for it, no questions.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:49 AM
 
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Bull Run Paradise - Thank you SO very much for your info! I was wondering if they had privileges at PW, because I only saw Fair Oaks and Reston (and a few at Fairfax, but that would be my last choice). I had both of my kids at The Birthing Inn in Loudoun and LOVED it there, so I'm a little apprehensive about delivering somewhere else and it not being as nice and comfy as it was there.

Thankfully, I've had 2 healthy pregnancies and deliveries, however, one can never know how things go in the future, so the rigidness of Kaisers policies is something to think about, as is their "one size fits all" approach to things, should I want something different or something goes wrong.
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