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    Has anyone ever gone to another Tricare region...

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    for medical care? Not if you were travelling or visiting family, but actually got a referral for a specialist or second opinion that was located in a different region? If so, could you tell me a little about how difficult it was to get authorization, what the process was like, and how much Tricare reimbursed for travel expenses and such?
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    We had the option to go to St. Jude when Gabe was diagnosed. His onc said it wouldnt be a problem at all and that he would call that region to have the referral put through their system. I dont know if anything has changed since then, it was a little over 4 years ago now. I would call tricare and talk to them to find out for sure.
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    That is good to know, it doesn't sound like it is a huge ordeal. The hospital is in network, through HealthNet Tricare North, I think.
    I spoke with a Tricare case manager awhile back about it, and she really discourage me from even attempting it. But her GI doctor feels that another opinion will help us, and she calls this place the "perfect referral" for peds motility disorders. So we'll see where it goes from here. The really neat thing is that the hospital is only about 3 hours away from where dh is, so he might be able to come for some of the testing. I hope it is approved.

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