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Old 03-08-2008, 10:45 PM
 
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I also feel that the care is good- at least as far as Public Health with BIA is. I can't say for other areas. It has been several people in the local area that have said that it is bad- I was a bit surprised. I am wondering how much is hype, how much is truth when it comes to the larger ones towards the east- I just can't imagine the rooms full of mold, but I am not an observer.
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Old 03-09-2008, 09:52 PM
 
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I have had nothing but horrible experiences with military doctors, but I am hoping that will be different once we move to Lackland. But so far, I have never had trouble making an appointment to see one. Here in Dover, I called to see my PCM last Monday, and I got an appointment for a week later. I went a couple of weeks ago for pain in my foot, and I got an appointment the next day. Does that not happen in SA? We will be stationed at Lackland as of late summer.

What about pediatricians? Does it take forever to see them as well? Both at Maxwell and here at Dover, I can usually call a few weeks prior to my daugher's birthday to scheduled a yearly checkup and I will get an appointment within the month. Does that happen there?
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:46 AM
 
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I've been stationed on Lackland and Kelly before it closed for 9 of the last 10 years. The entire time I've used the Kelly Clinic so I don't know about the other clinics on base and in the area. It used to be very easy to get an appointment at Kelly clinic. However over the last few years it has been very difficult. I sometimes have to call daily for 2 weeks before I can get an appointment that is a month away. Sometimes I'll get lucky and there will be a cancellation. Part of the problem is the large number of doctors deployed but I also feel they have way too many people assigned to use the clinic. Once I can actually get in to see the doctors I'm usually quite happy with the care I receive.

The thing I'm quite happy with is the specialty care at Wilford Hall. For several problems I have I routinely visit pulmonary, ENT, ortho, and the allergy clinic and I receive A+ service from all of those doctors and it is very easy to get an appointment. I also recently had surgery at WHMC and it went great.

I've been lucky and haven't had to use the emergency room.
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Old 03-10-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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You are totally right about WAY to many folks assigned...things are not what they should be for patient load vs provider.

There was a decision made a few years ago by a now retired (thank GOD) hospital CC at WHMC...to make EVERYONE use military providers and stop outsourcing.

That is when they opened the Camp Bullis, 281 and Brooks and Kelly Clinics to ensure that just about EVERYONE falls within that 50 mile radius that requires inpanelment to a "clinic" vs allowing you to find your own Tricare provider. Before that, WHMC was actually closed to retirees as new patients.

Since then, regardless of how many provider are (or are not) available, folks keep getting enrolled. Trust me, the providers are every bit as unhappy over this as the patients are.

BAMC had a sign up last time I was there stating that they were looking for something like 3,500 dependents and retirees to disenroll by selecting off base providers...but WHMC has not to the best of my knowledge.
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Old 03-10-2008, 10:57 PM
 
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The deployment from WHMC is HIGH. My husband works there. "Mission First" is the mantra, and right now the mission is overseas.

We opted out of Prime and use Standard. We choose our own doctors, need no referrals, and pay maximum $1000/yr. for the whole family INcluding prescriptions (less than $100 a month). We rejoined active duty especially for the medical after my youngest was diagnosed with cancer. . . our insurance in the civ. world was outrageous -- almost $1000 a month, plus fees and copays all year long!

You can also write a letter and if you have a strong argument (like continuity of care), get permission to be on prime but use private doctors (ask the Tricare office about this -- we did it and were approved but later opted back to Standard so that we could continue with my daughter's doctors).
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Kabrona, if you live closer to Lackland than to BAMC you can ride the shuttle over save gas I do it when I have to go from RAFB to Lackland. Shuttle leaves Lackland from the outpatient clinic every half hour and leaves from BAMC every hour on the hour. Hope that helps.
Awesome! I need to use the shuttle bus especially when the gas price keeps climbing up. Thank you for the information. I know it will help me a lot.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:42 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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What about pediatricians? Does it take forever to see them as well? Both at Maxwell and here at Dover, I can usually call a few weeks prior to my daugher's birthday to scheduled a yearly checkup and I will get an appointment within the month. Does that happen there?
I've never had a problem getting a timely appt for my kids.
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Old 03-13-2008, 06:50 PM
 
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I've had some instances where I'd call for an appt for one of my kids and get one the next week...and I've had some instances when I'd have to call for several days to get one a couple weeks out.
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