Topic: Anyone on Tricare Standard?

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Posted on: Sep 10, 2014 03:25PM

Posted on: Sep 10, 2014 03:25PM

CinD wrote:

Hello all, I am wondering if someone out there is able to answer some questions on Tricare Standard. I have been on Tricare Prime for years, and it was wonderful during my cancer treatment.  We may be moving to an area where they do not accept Tricare Prime, so I would have to go on Standard.  The whole thought scares me because I don't want to give up Prime. With a history of breast cancer, I know I have to be more careful with insurance just in case.

Is anyone on Tricare Standard?  Were you covered during your cancer treatment?  Did they pay most of the bills ... surgery, chemo, etc? I have been trying to navigate the Tricare site, but it doesn't give enough information. I am hoping someone with firsthand experience will be able to give me the facts.  I see I would have a yearly cap of $3000 and assume with cancer treatment it doesn't take too long to get to that cap. If/when you reached it, was there any problem with them picking up all of the bills thereafter?

Any information you can give me will be greatly appreciated!

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Jun 8, 2015 12:11PM moderators wrote:

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Sep 9, 2016 07:24PM CAREGIVERS wrote:


Tricare is becoming more regressive in terms of granting a patient's access to cancer care. Retired Tricare Prime /beneficiaries that live within 60 miles of a Military Hospital are now being required to go to said military hospital for cancer care (Tricare: Military Facility "Right of First Refusal"). This can become a problem for cancer patients. Thereby creating delays in care and limiting access to the major centers for cancer care. Imagine being required to see a specialist for cancer care without the supporting research and medical staff professionals to accomplish best clinical outcomes. The University of North Carolina and Duke University hospitals have been designated by Tricare as Centers of Excellence (COEs) for cancer and transplant Patients. These organizations have the protocols for treating cancer. Tricare has said that these organizations have the certified methods for treating cancer... yet to gain access to this care a military doctor has to give his approval. To receive the proper diagnosis such diagnosis has to come from a military doctor. How sad.

Military hospitals are the new VA Hospital killing fields. Veterans should receive the same options as any other citizen. Remember without the Veteran none of us would have health care.

Please read more about the Military Hospital Right of First Refusal. Sounds like they are dealing with property and not human beings.

GOD Bless

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