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Under the Weather

Posted by on March 16, 2012
This week I have been under the weather. I put off going to the doctor until it was inevitable. It’s probably a bit ironic that I have this awesome website, but I didn’t have a doctor picked for me yet, right? So, I contacted a friend who used to live here and asked where she went. I got the name of her doctor and called for an appointment. Unfortunately, the doctor was not accepting new patients. I briefly considered pleading that my friend just moved and could I have her spot, but I didn’t feel well enough to even try. So, I just asked, “Is there someone there that can see me today?” I took the first available appointment. I was relieved they would see me because sometimes when you are a new patient, you have to have a “new patient” appointment which can take longer than a “sick” appointment. I must say I was extremely impressed with the facility. Everyone was so friendly and caring. But, the reason I write this post is because of the pharmacy situation.

I usually go to Walgreens. I LOVE Walgreens. I love that they have a drive thru, that they are usually open 24 hours, and I have never had a problem with them. There have been many times when my husband was deployed that I had a sick child in the car with a very high temperature. It is so great to just do the drive thru and frankly, healthier for everyone involved. Once, I even called the pharmacy in advance and asked if I could get some Pedialyte and diapers through the drive-thru when I pick up my son’s prescription. They were more than happy to help me. So, when the doctor asked me where do I want my prescription filled, I wasn’t sure how to reply. I realized I haven’t researched the pharmacy situation since it was announced that Walgreens will no longer be accepting Tricare. I’m not here to get into a debate about whose fault it was and if you want to read more about it you can read Tricare’s message and/or Walgreen’s message. I suppose I am fortunate that my family hasn’t needed a prescription filled since the start of the new year.

I realized this is another area where Military Word of Mouth could be useful because everywhere has different pharmacies. Each pharmacy has different features and/or hours. So, I ended up picking Longs who I guess is in a partnership with CVS. However, there is no drive-thru and the hours are limited. SO what happens when I have to go to the urgent care at 8pm for a urinary tract infection? Do I really have to wait until the next morning to get the prescription filled? While in Virginia I would go to Patient First and they had a pharmacy within the facility and that was great, but I don’t know the options here yet. If you are Tricare Prime, your base medical/pharmacy isn’t open 24 hours, unless it’s a hospital, right? Each installation is different. Please take a moment to share where you go to get your prescription filled or care after hours. Share the name of the installation you are at and share your experiences with them.

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