Which is a better choice for doctor?

Alida - posted on 11/08/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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When I first moved to our duty station, we were living off post so I automatically started seeing a civilian doctor. We have recently (within the last 6 months) moved on post but I still see my civilian doctor. Now that I am pregnant, I am wondering which would be better: continue seeing my doctor (she is an OBGYN) or see a military OBGYN? I am at a loss at which would be better because all I know are civilian doctors. Thank you for all your help & advice :)!

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Paige - posted on 11/09/2009

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no..no copay with prime but you have to go through the whole referal system. I just had a baby a few months ago so it's a pretty fresh :). As long as you get refered through your PCM for treatment there shouldn't be any issues. You will hear many many mixed opinons on the issue but bottom line, you have to make your own decision. I have had NOTHING but positive experience at most of the military hospitals I have been to, and 2 of my 3 kids have been born at them (1 Navy hospital and 1 Army)... but notice I say most. I have also had horrid experience at civilian hospitals, so nothing is 100% no matter where you are. Go with where you are comfortable.

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You can always go to the military doctor for a 1st time visit just to get aquainted with them and if you do not like them then keep your other doctor.

Kim - posted on 11/12/2009

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It is completely your decision. I have seen civilian doctors and military doctors. I like our family practice doctor that we see on base but I wish there was a pediatrician on base. Unfortunately we are stationed at a very small base right now so there are only family practice doctors. I am also currently pregnant and I see a civilian doctor, also because there is no military ObGyns where we are at. I am also a nurse and I have seen some down right unsafe civilian doctors as well as military ones. Find a doctor that you are comfortable with!

Paige - posted on 11/12/2009

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as I mentioned, everybody will have opinions and it would be best for you to form one for yourself. There are shitty Dr's everywhere....they are human, they make mistakes ...My daughter was just being treated in one of the best children hospitals in the nation for a cyst, cleared after a procedure for her EFMP, we moved over here to Germany, and low and behold, she has be diagnosed with Hirschbergs disease not 2 months AFTER she cleared EFMP through a civi Dr and it was diagnosed through a military Dr. Unfortunately, now I have to seek treatment at a German hospital and she will be there for a month when they couldve corrected this when we were still stateside .... so civilian Dr's make mistakes. and pretty damn big ones if you ask me. The thing is, all the sympthoms were there, and I even asked the peditrican POINNT BLANK nBY NAME if there was a possibilty and I was dismissed. as long as you are a stong enough advocate in you and your childs healthcare, you can do no wrong. good luck

Naomi - posted on 11/11/2009

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I grew up military, and then married it. I have all civilian doctors, as well as my daughter has civilian doctors. The military primarily is filled with shitty doctors.

Alida - posted on 11/09/2009

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I was actually surprised when I was given the option to stay seeing her or go somewhere else like a military doctor. It really would be much easier since we live on post. I really haven't heard anything about the doctors on post but I have heard bad things about the hospital in town. Yeah, I just wasn't sure which was better since I haven't heard anything about the military doctors. Thank you :)

Paige - posted on 11/09/2009

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If you have tricare standard you have the option of selecting your own healthcare provider but often may have to pay a copay, but it does have a cap.

Alida - posted on 11/08/2009

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Tricare does pay for civilian doctors - even obgyn. I have been going to this lady since February for both and never had a problem but I was given the option to keep seeing her or see a military obgyn. I just don't know which would be better because I've never dealt with any of them for anything before.

Joetta - posted on 11/08/2009

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Well I am living off post and Tricare didnt allow me to see a civilian doctor. Even though the hospital I wanted to go to was closer. Tricare took their time tellin me that i had to see a doctor on post, and I had no idea cuz im new to this whole thing. I suggest to call Tricare and see if they will even cover a civilian doctor. From that you should be able to figure things out. Personally if I could I would see an off post dr. They are not so overwhelmed and its easier to make appointments cuz military obgyn are always booked and have to keep dancing between doctors that you dont know.

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