Not sure if this is the right forum for this... I posted in my local tribe about finding a provider and I have one I'd really like to see, accepts my insurance (Tricare) and all. Problem is I can't figure out how to get the actual referral. When we moved here, I just let them sign me up on base for my care instead of requesting a civilian provider. When I went for the "pregnancy confirmation" they told me they just do an automatic referral to Bethesda. I'm not comfortable traveling around DC traffic in labor because of my quick labors. On top of that, their "required intake appointment" is 4 hours long. Why?
Anyway, I called Tricare and they told me there's nothing they can do, I have to work it out with the folks at Bethesda. I'm not having any luck getting them on the phone to talk to me. So my option with that I guess is to go ahead and schedule that awful 4 hour appointment (which is more like 6 with the driving time and I'll have to find childcare for my older two and bring my little nursling).
But I really really don't want to do that unless I just have to. So, I had a thought. Has anyone just gone ahead and even after they've had a referral like this, called and changed their PCM, gone to see the new provider and requested the referral they REALLY want? I didn't want to post this local because I'm wondering if anyone has done this with Tricare in general? I figure I could find a decent, even somewhat natural-minded civilian family doctor for my PCM and use them for the referral to the midwife I want. Thoughts?