I'm getting a little worried about my care on base and have discovered we have another option. First a little backstory tho.
Right now we have tricare prime which means we pay nothing for insurance and no copays but all my care has to be on base except for in a true emergency (ie car crash) This has never been an issue for us before but when I had my first appt they were convience I was 15 weeks bc of my LMP even though I had my BBT chart in my hand and kept telling them I was only 6 weeks. They wouldn't listen until they wasted 10 minutes trying to find the hb then they did an u/s and discovered I was 6W6d exactly like I thought.
Next appt 4 weeks later the nurse starts off asking if I'm feeling movement and if I feel ok because I haven't gained any weight. I said no I'm not feeling anything, I'm only 10 weeks. She actually tries to tell me I'm 19 weeks before she finds the ultrasound pics in my chart. Then they calculate how far along I am and come up with 10w4d even tho it's exactly 4 weeks after the last appt. I tried pointing that out but gave up when she just kept saying "but I used the computer so it right"
Anyway, since then It's been all fine until I called radiology Friday to schedule my big ultrasound. They won't schedule it because my chart still says I'm 9 weeks farther along and I need my ultrasound done immediately and they don't have time so I have to go off base. I tried explaining but they said they cant take my word, I have to call the ob clinic, have them actually update my chart and then reorder the ultrasound and then call back to schedule.
So obviously I'm a little sick of this! I found out from another squadron wife that I can have DH go in and switch me to tricare standard which allows me to go off base but we will have copays up to a 1,000 deductible and they will take a monthly amount out of DHs pay. I'm not concerned about the money just wondering if switching clinics & doctors completely at 17 weeks is a good idea?? And I know nothing about the doctors in North Las Vegas bc everyone I know with kids lives across town or went to base. I have had great care from the midwives and ob's I've seen but does that matter when they can't get your information correct?
If it was me I'd probably switch insurance and doctors if you can. It seems kind of ridiculous that they can't get your info correct and you keep having to tell them whats going on, only to have them blow you off. It just seems like a lot of unnecessary stress that you don't need right now. Thats just my opinion though.
I would think changing now would be fine and the later you wait the harder it may be. I would go standard if you can swing the deductible and monthly payment or maybe you could write a letter to the med group commander or someone in charge of the ob cliniic stating how they arent updating as they should be and the hassle its been to manage your pregnancy. Next thing you know they'll be inducing you 9 weeks early Yikes what a nightmare.
♥ Amanda ♥
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Is there someone on base who's in charge of the electronic file that you can bring the issue up with? I would imagine once the dates get switched in the computer you'll have fewer problems simply because all of the different people you see are using the same information that seems to have become wrongly set in stone. That's not to say you shouldn't change doctors, I just wonder if there's an easier way of dealing with it. I'm having to deal with some paperwork discrepancies now, too (my genetic testing bloodwork was sent in with the "singleton" box checked but uh ... there's two in there), and I'm guessing persistence will clear everything up.
I would switch. It seems they know NOTHING about you and no one has actually been taking care of you or listening to you. Its not like you have developed a close relationship with this office. You might be 17 weeks along, but it does not seem like you have to make up for lost time developing a new relationship with another provider from ground zero. It seems like you are STILL at ground zero with your first provider. I would switch.
wait till they start trying to induce you when youre "8 weeks late" It seems like they are treating computers, not people!
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I switched at 28 weeks so obviously I don't think that is a problem.
If you are happy with the care other than that, I would try contacting someone in charge. It is a concern if they repeatedly think you are that far ahead and should be fixed! Indicate that you feel it is affecting your care and you are concerned about the future when they start measuring your belly each time! If nothing happens, then I would switch.
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With that being said, I was forced to change doctors at 28 weeks with my son because the one I was seeing wasn't able to practice OB any more. Everything worked out just fine, and I ended up loving my new doctor way more than my other one!
Wow. This sounds REALLY annoying.
For me, money is a pretty important factor, so I would take a couple of weeks and try to make sure the info gets corrected before making a switch since you say you are happy otherwise with the care you're receiving. Find out what the right process is and who to complain to, fill out the paperwork if necessary, and keep calling to bug them and find out if the change has been made properly in the computer and then if they still can't get it right definitely switch!
BUT it is a little confusing to me when you say you're receiving great care from the OBs and midwives. I mean, you can't have had more than 3 or 4 visits and how many different people are you seeing each time??? That doesn't sound like great care to me. If you had one or two caregivers handling your pregnancy consistently (which, as far as I know, is pretty standard outside of military bases) I think that you would not be dealing with these annoying issues. The problem would have been taken care of because they would think of you as a real person that they're going to be dealing with again and not just a random patient #555 or whatever. I'm sure they are good at their jobs, but it doesn't sound like the kind of situation I would want if I were in your shoes.
If you do decide to switch, think about what you want in a doctor or midwife and ask around. It sounds like you know a lot of people, I'm sure you could get some kind of recommendation. Also, make yourself a list of questions for the new doctor. At this point, you would have time to switch again if you wanted to. You don't need to feel stuck.
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I say great care from the midwives & ob because they do listen to my concerns, answer all my questions, and take their time but it's the nurses or patient care techs that are supposed to update the computer chart with the doctors notes and orders. I don't mind seeing a different midwife every time because if you deliver on base you get whoever is on call so it increases my odds of actually knowing the person that delivers my baby and so far they have all been women I would trust. (I know this part might be hard to understand for some people but there are some things that come with free government run healthcare that you just have to accept. Keep that in mind US ladies when you hear people say the government should pay for all our healthcare)
I don't know many people out side of the military wives and most have only been here 2 to 3 years at most so they don't know the local doctors very well either.
If I knew a good ob or midwife off base I would probably switch right away but the fact that I don't is what makes this a difficult decision for me. Thanks for the great advice ladies! I think I'm going to talk it over with DH again at supper and decided what to do next. Will let you know how things work out!
Becky, I would absolutely switch doctors. Your pregnancy is too important to not get adequate care... especially when it comes time for you to deliver... could you imagine those bozos delivering your baby? They can't even figure out your freakin' due date! If you're not worried about the money, then do it girl! You'll be happy that you did! Come deliver at St. Rose with me lol! I have an awesome OB if you want her info!
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