I started seeing a cardiologist around March of this year. The initial referral from Tricare gave me six visits.
I had a follow up appointment in June. The doctors office called to reschedule me three times, so it was July by the time I actually got in to see him. The visit went fine, but it was my fifth visit. I was counting because I've learned that it's best to stay on top of such things. Especially since any error will likely be at our expense.
When Dr. V told me he wanted to see me in four months, I asked his receptionist if I needed to get another referral from Tricare before my next visit. She assured me three times I didn't. Three. Uno, dos, tres.
I had to run by his office and get a new prescription written this week. I did this on Wednesday.
Today I get a call confirming my appointment for next week. Almost as an afterthought, the receptionist tells me that, oh yeah, I'm going to need another referral from Tricare before I can keep my appointment.
Uh, really? Because when I asked about that FOUR MONTHS ago, there was an entirely different opinion.
I should mention that this call was on speaker in my car and the kids were in the back seat, listening intently because I was using my 'mommy voice' with someone other than them.
There was a bit of snippy back and forth and I rescheduled my appointment for next week because there is NO. WAY. that Tricare is going to get me a referral letter by Tuesday (nor should they have to).
Tricare is closed today by the way. Just to make things more fun.
Way to try and give me a heart attack, cardiologist's office.