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    Referal for Chiropractor

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    I have a friend who is on Tricare Prime and needs to see a chiropractor. She went to her PMC and they told her Tricare wont do a referral for dependents for that.

    Need some info on what to tell her or how to get her to be able to see one. She has moderate scoliosis, bump on her neck/back area, and some other stuff.

    Any advice on what I can tell her?
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    the only thing i found out when i was looking for one myself, is if you go out and do it out of pocket yourself most places will do a treatment plan. Mine would have been $35 a visit for 1x a week for two months.
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    My Mom has been going to one for over 15 years now and it's all been out of pocket. I've never seen/heard of a dependent ever getting Tricare to cover this.

    The best advice I can give is for her to shop around. Find out how much it would cost for her needs and to budget accordingly. Sorry, I hope someone else has a trick up their sleeve for this.
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    When I was on Tricare I was told they don't cover chiropractors, too.
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    Yes, unfortunately, Tricare does not cover chiropractic care. I really wish that they did though!!

    This is from tricare.mil:

    Chiropractic Care

    TRICARE does not cover chiropractic care for most beneficiaries. However, the Chiropractic Care Health Care Program is available to active duty service members (including activated National Guard and Reserve members) at designated military treatment facilities throughout the United States.

    Family members, retirees and their family members, unremarried former spouses and survivors are not eligible for this program. They may be referred to non-chiropractic health care services in the Military Health System (e.g., physical therapy or orthopedics) or may seek chiropractic care in the local community at their own expense.

    TRICARE Beneficiaries : Covered Services - Chiropractic Care
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    So its either pay out of pocket or suffer? Thats so lame.
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    So its either pay out of pocket or suffer? Thats so lame.
    Pretty much...

    Im sure you can prob get the military to pay but it's a long hard road.
    My friend got tricare to pay for her boob job to go up 2 sizes, just because she was "depressed" that they were not huge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by His*PITA* View Post
    So its either pay out of pocket or suffer? Thats so lame.
    Honestly, I agree. I do think Tricare is WONDERFUL insurance... the out of pocket costs are so low compared to other insurance carriers (copays, deductibles, etc... can really add up!), but I do wish they covered some other things... the funny thing is, chiropractic care is relatively inexpensive, so it seems like it could actually SAVE the government money to cover these things. But I also know that there are many chiropractors that do not bill insurance--because of course insurance companies low-ball them so badly that they end up having to make cash-paying patients pay more. So by only allowing cash-pay and not negotiating super low rates with insurance companies, these chiropractors are able to offer reasonable prices to ALL patients.
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    Yup, I just paid out of pocket for my visits to the chiropractor.

    Why would she not seek treatment from a orthopedist? Now that would be covered.
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