No Radioactive Bunnies Were Harmed In The Making Of This Post. It’s Also A Ranty Post About Military Medical Healthcare.

military healthcareSo, I’ve been doing the radiation therapy and oy vey, I’ve been so wiped out. The long commute doesn’t make it any better. In really disappointing news, I haven’t come across any radioactive bunnies during my treatment. Such a bummer.

One really glaring realization is that the hospital I’m going to is exceptional. If you don’t know already, I’m a Navy wife with the crappiest insurance.

Yes, the insurance is for the most part free but you get what you pay for. I’ll tell you right now, it’s a sad state affairs when the men and women serving this country and risking their lives get screwed over when it comes to health care.

I had my daughter at a military hospital which was one of the worst experiences of my life. Sure, I might sound like a drama queen but these are the facts.

I’ve heard people say they just assume the military gets excellent health care. Wrong! Now, I’m sure millions out there will disagree with me but military healthcare blows. No, we don’t pay much but there have been several military medical fuck ups not only that I’ve been through, but also my daughter, and my husband.

Tricare, get your shit together. That goes for Walter Reed and the Bethesda Naval Medical Center aka, “the president’s hospital”.  Sure, our government gets top notch care when going there but the people doing the real work and putting their lives on the line have to deal with bad attitudes and incompetent doctors.

Wow, I wasn’t expecting to go in this direction with this post. What I really wanted to say was that it’s so amazing to finally go to a hospital outside of the military and be treated with compassion.

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4 Responses to No Radioactive Bunnies Were Harmed In The Making Of This Post. It’s Also A Ranty Post About Military Medical Healthcare.

  1. Angie January 10, 2013 at 23:36 #

    My husband always tells me it is okay if our kids get hurt because we have Tricare. It will be free. I tell him just because it is free doesn’t mean it is good.
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  2. Stephanie January 11, 2013 at 03:04 #

    When I was active duty, the pharmacist said in front of me “I can’t read this script, so I will have to guess.” It was a prescription from an outside pediatrician. Very nice. Stopped using the pharmacy that day and decided the copay was worth it.

  3. Bill in NZ January 12, 2013 at 03:58 #

    When I think of maybe moving back to the U.S., after 20 years in New Zealand, where we have basically free healthcare, I consider the 10 billion pre-existing conditions that come with middle age, and think “naaaah.”

    Best of luck on your battle with the stupid c-word.

    Blessings from Hobbitville.
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  4. LeeAnne Curtis January 12, 2013 at 05:11 #

    Now to date myself – My Dad spent his entire life in the Navy – so being a Navy Brat for 20 years, I can honestly say it has NOT changed. Dad passed away from lung cancer in February 2009. One of the treatments they wanted to give him, Tricare did not approve. It was for one pill that cost approx. $300 and they denied it!?!?! LUCKY for us, Dad was using DUKE Hospital in Raleigh NC> THE VERY BEST Oncologist I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Side note here – my SIL had a little battle with the big C and used the same Doctors Dad did. WONDERFUL CARE!! But like you I digress – this is kinda like kissing a lot – and I mean a hellva of a lot – of frogs before you find that prince. Dad went to at least 5 different Doctors before he found Duke. He transferred ALL his medical stuff to them. I can say that the last 2 years of his life were the they could be because of Duke and the fantastic team that works there. We switched Mom right after Dad passed and she is finally receiving the kind of care that she needs. Hell yes, the military healthcare program sucks, unless of course you are a Senator, Congressman, Vice-President, or President. Our country has taken a step backwards and it is time for the true Heros to be counted for something other than a small headline in the paper that they were maimed, killed or has PTSD from war. WAKE UP AMERICA – WAKE UP. This is our country and it is time to take it back! Sorry ELLE did not mean to get on my soapbox.
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