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How long to get OB referral from Tricare?

Ack, I'm losing my mind here! I went on base two weeks ago for a blood test to confirm pregnancy. They said that Tricare would be sending me a letter with the name and contact information of my OB. How long is that supposed to take? It's been two weeks now and I'm getting very impatient! 
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Re: How long to get OB referral from Tricare?

  • I remember being told 7-10 business days so with the holidays it's likely that it will take that much longer.  BUT, I had issues with both previous pregnancies and getting referrals because of admin errors so it might not be a bad idea to give the referral management office a call.
  • I went in on a Friday and the OB's office called me to schedule my first appt by the next Friday.  It was quick.  There isn't a military hospital/clinic here though, we are referred out to civillians.  That may have made the difference? 

    Hopefully you get your referral soon!

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  • you should be able to create a triwest account and print out your referals... that is what i do.  G/L
  • I went in for my blood test and called Tricare 48 hours later for the contact info for who they referred me to (there's a "check the status of a referral" option).  I called and made my appointment with the OB.  It's a civilian OB b/c they don't have the facilities on base.  I got a letter confirming the OB a week or so later.
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  • Why not pick up the phone and call them?  Just like anywhere else, letters can and do get lost in the mail.

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  • You may have to call Tricare.

    I know I had like 3 appointments before I even ever got my first OB appointment. 

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  • imageSarahWaggy:

    You may have to call Tricare.

    I know I had like 3 appointments before I even ever got my first OB appointment. 

    Thanks ladies! I finally called them (I would have sooner but I hate talking on the phone and try to avoid it whenever possible. Weird, I know.) and got the OB's name but of course they are closed today. I'll be calling first thing on Monday!  

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