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    Tricare Clairemont Mesa or NMC Adolescent Clinic?

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    Does anyone have any experience with the adolescent clinic at Balboa or the tricare clinic in Clairement Mesa? Trying to find a new PCM for my 13 year old daughter because I'm not really crazy about her pediatrician at NTC. She is difficult to communicate with because of her heavy accent and I just haven't been happy after her last two appointments with her.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
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    We were at Clairemont Mesa when we lived here last time (2002-2006) and I was NOT impressed. My youngest was diagnosed with asthma as an infant by that clinic, but they NEVER referred her to a pulmonary specialist, not once. She was uncontrolled and required MANY trips to the urgent care, but they never referred her to the pulmonary clinic. She also had significant developmental delays (speech, fine motor skills, cognative, etc.) I noticed the speech right away, because well she was not talking, at all really. At two I voiced my concerns and her ped there kept dismissing my concerns. Funny thing is when I brought it up to her Ped in Mississippi, she immediately referred us out and guess what my daughter, who my ped at Clairemont Mesa told me I was overreacting about, was delayed in all 6 key developmental areas. The delays varied from 13 months behind to 21 months! How does a *seasoned* ped dismiss that?! Anyway, DD asthma was fine east of the Rockies, but upon return here last summer, her asthma spun out of control again. We are primed at Miramar this time around and her PCM there IMMEDIATELY referred her to Peds Pulmonary, who asked why they didn't see her all those years ago when she was uncontrolled (they reviewed her medical records).

    A general practitioner at Clairemont Mesa (our Ped was out) misdiagnosed my older daughter with pneumonia. I questioned that diagnosis, because the symptoms were not there and he got very rude to me. We left and ended up in ER, because well I KNEW it was not pneumonia and the ER staff asked why she was diagnosed with pneumonia because the x-ray was clear and there was no cough, no congestion.

    On top of all the mis-diagnosis' we recieved, it was like trying to push legislation through congress to get an appointment. I had to schedule well child close to 2 months in advance. Their same day appointments meant within the week appointments. Which is why we frequented urgent care with youngest DD asthma so often, because even with an unresponsive to fast acting inhaler asthma attack we could not get same day appointments. They did walk-in on work in basis, but there was no guarantee you would be seen. If you were lucky enough to be seen as a walk-in, often the doctors would give you a quick once over and rush you out the door. If you had questions or concerns forget about it! Oh and even with an appointment you could plan on spending most of your day there. You had to arrive 20 minutes prior, but not once, not ever was I seen at my appointment time. It was anywhere between 45 minutes to 90 minutes after appointment time that I was called back for vitals and often another 30 minutes or more waiting to see the dr.

    That was my experience, but as I said it was from 2002-2006. Hopefully you can get more updated info from people who have been there more recently. A lot can change in 4 years and I hope for the people primed there now it has!

    I'm not sure where you live, but I'm at Miramar Family clinic and I like it! We've never had problems getting appointments. My DD had a bee sting that was fine day of sting. In the days that followed seem to have developed cellulitus (she does this with mosquitos), they had her in within the hour when I called and Dr Grewal gave me walk-in status for the next 48 hours if she seemed to worsen. Miramar does not do walk-ins as a rule so that tells you how throrough and dependable the doctors there can be. We've seen two of the doctors and two of the NP's there, I've been please each time.

    No experience with NMC, we've only been there for specialists (Ortho, Pulmonary, Cardio, OB.) You can always prime to a doctor in town, many of them take TRICARE here.
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    Wow! Thanks for relaying your experiences. That's what I want to hear . . . the good, the bad and the ugly.

    We live in Chesterton, so the Miramar clinic isn't completely out of the question. Right now we're going to NTC. It's not so bad for me to go there. My doc is okay and it's fairly easy to get appointments. I am just not happy with the pediatrician. She almost seems . . . I guess "incompetent" is a little harsh, but I definitely have less confidence in her than I had in my kids' old pediatrician that they saw at Balboa peds. But that pediatrician moved. Bummer, because we really loved her. When we moved back to San Diego last year, Balboa peds wasn't taking new patients. I think they are now though. But I definitely am interested in hearing if anyone has any info about the adolescent clinic (for my 13 year old) at Balboa.

    Tricare is telling me that we have to see a doc at a military treatment facility at this time, that a civilian doc isn't an option.
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    I used to take my kids to Clairemont Mesa clinic last time we lived here, too from 1999 to 2007 and never had any issues with them personally, i was happy with the pediatrician my boys had, she was an American, born and raised so no accent issues with her. I can't remember her name, though! My own doctor was East Indian and I sometimes had a hard time understanding him but he was good to repeat himself patiently but I don't think he is there anymore because just before we moved I got a PCM change notification.

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