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    Help doctors/referrals for soldier - can someone explain?

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    without going into too many details on his symptoms..my husband has been having bad headaches for a few weeks now. the other night he had one and wanted to go to the ER and then collapsed and had a seizure. the ER doctor said he needs to see a neurologist in the next 24 hours. his chain of command had him see a PA on base, who gave him a referral but said it was a routine referral. (when he saw the PA he was acting more normal and didn't have a headache or much pain.) last night a bad headache came back and since then there have been some additional symptoms that could be serious.

    can anyone explain how doctors/referrals/whatever works for the soldier? i talked to someone on base who said it takes a few days for the referral to go through, and she checked and the earliest he can get in to a specialist is END of march. she checked another hospital too, also end of march. she said we can try to get a referral to a civilian doctor but we have to wait and will get a letter in 7-10 business days. or that we can try to get the PA to change the referral to an ASAP referral.

    does anyone have any suggestions? he's in pain and is not acting like himself and (i freak myself out by googling stuff) some of the causes of this are pretty serious. the ER didn't do a MRI the other day. he can't wait over a month, just waiting in pain like this.
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    Ask the PCM to talk to the ER doc. Talk to the patient advocate for your MTF to push through the referral appointment.

    Hopefully things will move fast and your husband will get better.
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    If he goes to an MTF ER. They do have neruo on staff 24hrs a day. So if he goes in while having a severe problem. Let them know you are on the wait list for an appt. but that he can't be seen untill the end of march. They can call a neruo consult down and he can be checked, that Dr. can also fit him into his schedule sooner.

    In the civi. world I know when the Ortho Surg. I worked for were on ER rotation if they saw anyone then when they called us to make an appt we had to fit them in in 7 days or we had to get them in with another one of the partners.

    It can be done.. you just have to stay on it. Make them fit him in. Become a thorn in their side.
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    what is MTF and MTF ER?
    every time i've been called i've just been transferred around. he's going in to see the PA again right now but said i can't go in with him
    the ER doctor the other night said they couldn't do a MRI without a neurologist there...
    i know end of march is way too late, he needs to see someone asap, as in yesterday like the ER doctor said. i don't know if somehow by going through the referral system to get a civilian doctor will work faster? they said 7-10 days to get a letter with the name of the doctor, or i can call in 48 hours to try to get the info..
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    ER is Emergency Room. MTF is Medical Treatment Facility (the hospital on base).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Songtan Sally View Post
    ER is Emergency Room. MTF is Medical Treatment Facility (the hospital on base).
    ok, thanks. (i knew what ER meant, i actually don't think there is a MTF ER here, and neurology isn't listed as one of the specialties at this location.)

    i looked at this - MTF Locator and it looks like there are neurologists at another base near here...i wish he could just get in to see one.
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    My husband has referrals to see a civi dr. He had to go through ER then through his PA to get it. If the civi medical places are booked unfortunately there is no way for MTF/PA/Military to push his appointment ahead of other people. What you could try is see if the civi medical place has a waiting list while you already have an appointment. We do that so when someone cancels the dr's call and let us know there is an availability earlier then the appt and offers it to us.

    As much as it stinks, there is only so much you can do for him when it comes to medical, you can urge and encourage him to file an ICE complaint if you feel that he is not receiving the treatment he deserves.



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    also, the ER we were at the other day was a civilian one. maybe if it gets so bad he needs to go to the ER again, we go to one of the army hospitals. last time there wasn't a choice because i had to call an ambulance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevy_Gurl View Post
    My husband has referrals to see a civi dr. He had to go through ER then through his PA to get it. If the civi medical places are booked unfortunately there is no way for MTF/PA/Military to push his appointment ahead of other people. What you could try is see if the civi medical place has a waiting list while you already have an appointment. We do that so when someone cancels the dr's call and let us know there is an availability earlier then the appt and offers it to us.

    As much as it stinks, there is only so much you can do for him when it comes to medical, you can urge and encourage him to file an ICE complaint if you feel that he is not receiving the treatment he deserves.
    they're giving a referral to doctors at army hospitals here - walter reed and bethesda. the clinic said they can move the referral to some system to get a referral to a civilian doctor. i feel liek a civilian doctor would be easier to get in to see, and i could at least beg them to let him in and have to go through less red tape. i just don't know if i should try to go that route even though they said i'll have to wait 48 hours to call in and check and 7-10 days for the referral letter, or if i should let them keep the referral at one of the military hospitals and try to convince someone to move him up.
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    where are you OP?? You do know you don't have to just go to Army Bases right?? You and your husband aswell as any and all of his dep. can be seen across the board. So if there is a Naval Hosp., Air Force Hosp., Marine Hosp. closer to you than just go there.

    Also if you live over a 30mile drive to a MTF and you have Prime (just talking you now) you can be placed on Prime Remote. They will assign you to a PCM closer to you and still cover 100%. We had this when we lived in Saucier and the nearest MTF to us was Keesler Air Force Base.
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