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Anyone see this? A spotlight to recent problems.


Just wondering how many of us use prime in a military hospital vs. standard in a civilian one. Also, has the recent dredging up of problems convinced you to switch providers?

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Re: Anyone see this? A spotlight to recent problems.

  • I'm on mobile so the link's not working for me but I will read it later. I'm prime and am seen in a MTF and have no plans of switching. I really love my doctor, at least my OB/GYN who is my primary right now. We have really open communication, I can email her anytime and she gets back to me quickly and has been an incredible advocate for me. All other care I've received here has been efficient. I just feel no need to switch and have to deal with Standard.

    All of that being said, I don't know what it'll be like when we move somewhere that doesn't have the resources the MTF here has. I'm not opposed to switching to civilian care on Standard if we're somewhere that isn't as good.

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    We have prime remote and have only used civilian facilities/physicians except when my husband was stationed in Okinawa. I have never had an issue on this side and while its unlikely we'll ever be stationed near a big base again I think I would stay with the civilian side just because its what I know and what I'm comfortable with. Being a nurse, I like my options and being able to choose. 

    These stories are disturbing, but they do happen on both sides. 
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    I've always been on Prime, though was referred off base for my pregnancy and delivery as the MTF here does not do OB care.

    I'll remain on Prime for now, but I will not deliver in a hospital and if I or LO ever need serious care (I'm usually very healthy), I may switch to standard.
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  • Sammy0709Sammy0709 member
    edited July 2014
    I don't have a choice since I'm AD as far as I know but the MTF I work at delivers more babies than any other hospital in the United States per year. I'd stay on standard. It seems to me that they have a lot of experience. I've worked in a civilian hospital. I now work in an MTF doing the same job and it's literally the exact same thing. You have good and bad providers everywhere and, other than having a choice in providers on the civilian/standard side I don't feel there's much of a difference in care. Most of the hospitals mentioned with high surgical errors are large, teaching hospitals. I'd like to see the statistics on their civilian counterparts before I draw any conclusions. Same with the birth statistics, you say there are more injuries: what kind?, caused by what?, as compared to what civilian hospitals?, the statistics are from 2012, there have been a lot of changes at the MTF I work at since then so what do the statistics look like now, 2 years later? I just think the article is very one sided and leaves out a lot of information. It's not enough to make an educated decision based on that one article or without experiencing and formulating your own opinion but that's just how I feel about it.
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  • I'm AD also, and got all of my prenatal and postnatal care, as well as delivered my baby at a military hospital.  We had absolutely no issues.  I got great care, and developed a really good relationship with my care team.  In a facility that delivers a LOT of babies, I got personalized care.  For example, I saw an OB once for a D&C about a year and a half ago, then again for my first appointment when I got pregnant with my son.  When I delivered him, she came to visit me because she heard I'd had the baby.   She'd met me TWICE, and remembered me and cared enough to come visit when she wasn't on shift.   

    I've never received OB care or delivered in a civilian hospital, so I don't personally have anything to compare this to, but my care was at least as good as, if not better than, my civilian friends.  
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  • I had #1 at an MTF and I loved the entire process. I'm a dependent and can afford copays but I prefer staying at the MTF. I will have #2 at our MTF as well.
  • Well since my previous post I have learned a few things about our MTF that I am not all that crazy about. I guess I have some serious thinking to do before January.
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