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Referral run around...

So I posted last week about getting a referral from my PCM to see a fertility specialist out in town. He said that he would be fine with just writing a referral himself knowing our history of testing, etc. the past two years in San Diego before we came to Japan but they are making him refer me to OBGYN in the hospital to review my case first, then they can write a referral to someone out in town.

 I got a call today that my referral went through and now the next step is to call the OBGYN office at the hospital so I can that appointment to get what I need in the first place, a referral to a doctor out in town. I called and they are not accepting or making appointments for women who are not pregnant. Which to me, was a slap in the face because that is the only reason I need the appointment...because I'm not pregnant yet :( She said that all others are given appointments on a space available basis and she will call when they have an opening but can't guarantee one. She couldn't even book me for Dec/Jan!

So my next step it actually going into the Tricare office to see if they can somehow override my referral and just let me see a specialist out in town. None of this makes sense to me...I understand pregnant women have priority but if I can't be seen by a doctor at the hospital why can't I get a referral for someone out in town that does have the time to see me. So frustrated, thanks for listening ladies!

TTC our first Navy baby! Me:27 DH:30, together since 8/2003, Married on 7/2006
9/26/10 stopped BCP and started TTC.
9/2011 referred to RE. All blood work normal and DH's SA=normal results
11/2011 HSG=both tubes clear
One natural (monitored) cycle of Clomid, 50mg 2/2012= BFN
Getting ready for first IUI, 3/2012 received orders to Japan! (postponed IUI)
5/2012 Moved to Japan, fought Tricare for months over referral (no fertility treatment on our military base) for Japanese RE out in town!
8/2012 Started seeing new RE
9/2012, post coital test= hostile cervical fluid, (finally) moving on with first IUI!
9/29/2012 IUI #1+trigger= BFN
10/27/2012 IUI #2+100mg Clomid CD5-9+trigger= BFN
11/28/2012 IUI #3+100mg Clomid CD5-9+trigger= BFN
12/28/2012 IUI#4+100mg Clomid CD5-9+trigger=BFN
2/1/2013 IUI#5+injectables+trigger=BFN
3/2013 IUI#6+injectables+trigger=???
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Re: Referral run around...

  • If they can't see you until dec/jan then you should be able to get an override to see another ob. That's part of the tricare "access to care standards".  Just call tricare, they should actually be able to fix it pretty quick 

    TTC since June, 2011 with anovulatory PCOS, 1 blocked tube, and mild MFI
    3rd cycles clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    4th cycles letrozole/Ovidrel + IUI = BFN
    IVF #1 = BFP! Twins due 2/5/2014
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    If they can't see you until dec/jan then you should be able to get an override to see another ob. That's part of the tricare "access to care standards".  Just call tricare, they should actually be able to fix it pretty quick 

    This. I believe, if they cannot see you within 30 days, they are supposed to refer you out. It doesn't matter what it is for. 

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