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Thread: Tricare.. Which is best?

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    Tricare.. Which is best?

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    My best friend who is a Marine wife told me that I should enroll with Tricare Prime that in her opinion it is best.
    I have been looking up all the info and it is so confusing.
    Anyone care to give some input on which they think is best for a family?
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    It's all based on preference. For the ease I prefer Standard. When I was going through having to get referrals quickly I was constantly stressed and upset with Prime. Unless we were to get stationed at a base that had closer to full medical I will stick with Standard. It's just a lot easier for me with my health issues.

    Lot's of people like Prime (most people I know prefer Prime because it is free). I think Prime is great if all you need is normal doctors appointment every year etc.
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    What about prenatal appointments and ped check ups?
    No not pregnant right now just wondering for the whatever may come stuff LOL
    would standard be ok for that or prime ? ugh I hate this LOL
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    It really depends on your preferences, one is no better then another when it comes to family vs. single and so on. its really based on how you prefer to have your medical needs handled.

    I like standard better because I can choose my dr's, I dont have to get approval and referrals to go to specialists, and so on. But then again I am used to having to pay co-pays so the fact that it costs me some money is not a problem for me.

    Most people like Prime, because its free and are close to places that have large military hospitals that can meet mostly all their needs.
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    Thanks, we are used to paying co pays too but we hate it LOL.
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    You can do peds, ob etc all through Prime. OB you have to get a referral too and obviously if available you have to be seen on base.
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    Prime is best for us. We don't need the dr much so why pay for something when we can get it free?
    And well we are overseas right now and I think you are on prime while here but I'm not 100% sure.
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    it all just depends on what your families needs are. We've always been Prime. Even with Prime you can see civilian doctors if you aren't near a base. We've been in a long time so there wasn't ever this Standard/Prime business, so its always been whatever was free. I haven't had any problems on prime while I was pregnant or for my kids. Never had a problem seeing a civilian doctor when needed (of course authorization was needed), etc. Even with standard you are limited to in-network doctors unless you want to pay a huge cost. Here in my area, there are like 5 doctors available on standard, whereas on Prime, I have a selection of 12 different doctors, and that's just one base. Prime gives you more flexibility I think. With prime, if you travel, you simply need to call tricare within 24 hrs when you go the ER or the doctor when away from your base. Prime, to me, is much easier and doesn't cost anything.
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    If you are still in the PA area, you might want to look into US Family Health Plan. It's what I have. It is amazing! The insurance is similar to Tri-Care Prime, but your primary care doctor and such is at a John's Hopkins facility. You have a minimal co-pay for prescriptions, but outside of that pretty much the same.

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    Prime works for us. At most, we've waited 2-3 days for referrals. We've had derm biopsy, podiatry, and opthamology referrals. The kids' peds is wonderful. I love my doc. We see civillian. Our last civillian doc didn't seem to care since he took what tricare paid, so we weren't really a priority. We went into the Tricare office and changed to our current ones. Took all of 15 mins to change. The current docs act like we're their only patients. It's a nice feeling, especially if we're not feeling to well to begin with.
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