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    Balboa ??

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    My DH was told that Balboa hospital doesn't see tricare prime patients now? Do I need to go out in town for my OB/GYN?
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    wow,Ive never heard that. Im going to San Diego in five weeks,I will be having my baby down there. Balboa is about a 40 min drive from my parents so I was hoping they send me out to Grossmont hospital which is only a 20 min drive.
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    I am not sure if the info is correct or not...my dh was talking to tricare about something else and the lady told him that.
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    When I arrived in May, I was told Balboa and all other MTF were full with regard to Primary Care Physicians. OBGYN was not included at the time I spoke with them. To my knowledge, you can seek OB/GYN care at Balboa. I would call the Tricare Prime Office to confirm.
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    that is ridiculous.. being that it is the only military hospital around and tricare prime is what most active duty familes are. I will be having my baby there in about 8 weeks, I would think they would have sent me something...
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    For Primary Care, it is booked, or at least it was 6 months ago. I go to UCSD in Mira Mesa. I was allowed to have Tooters there, but not have PC. I would definitely call Tricare and confirm as well though. Good luck!
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    why is that such a bad thing Carebear?
    Prime you don't pay so does it really matter?
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    It is possible. Here in GL they do not do pregnancy on base so I go to a civlian and will have the baby at a civlian hospital (same for my son..I had him at the civilian hospital out here)

    So that is entirely possible. If it is they will likely refer you out! I would call to verify it tho.
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    You will still see a OB/GYN either at Balboa or NTC. BUT they are reffering patients out to Civi docs.
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    I don't know anything about the Balboa situation but I know with our hospital, if they don't have room to see you, they refer you out to a civilian doctor or another MTF. It never changed our insurance situation. It was just like being treated at the Naval Hospital. No bills/no cost.
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