|How this got started
||[Aug. 19th, 2008|07:23 pm]
I'm dedicating the Summer of 2008 as the Summer of Tricare Hell.|
I appreciate that Tricare is understaffed and underfunded, but honestly, its getting dangerous now. I tried to understand when they stopped providing sharps for Diabetics, but now I'm just getting annoyed. And scared.
Our hospital has become so overwhelmed and understaffed, they barely have doctors. And since I'm a Diabetic, they insist I see one, even if its not for something Diabetes-related. Now, Tricare has a one week guarantee for diabetics to see a doctor, but in reality it can take months because 1/2 hour appointments (which they also require for Diabetics) are so hard to get because they have so few and they fill up quickly. And though the policy and all written statements says we're to see an Endocrinologist annually, my PCMs won't let me. Which brings me to another issue -
Literally, I've been re-assigned to new doctors about every 3 weeks this summer. And during the interim they won't let me make appointments. Which is excruciating as I've been recovering from a knee injury and have had to go in for x-rays, follow ups, etc. My last annual exam the PA forgot to order thyroid tests and a bunch of things a woman my age should have done, including a mammogram (which we haven't a machine here, anyway) and worst yet, forgot to order an A1C. The lab took three vials of blood, what the hell did they do with it?
I'm on my eighth PCM in 3 years, fourth this summer alone. So much for continuity of care, eh? And guess what, Tricare is sending me to yet another PCM according to the note I got last week.