I received the following email regarding Tricare in Chiriquí.
As of 1 February 2009, Hospital Chiriquí will no longer be accepting Tricare as payment for services rendered from military retirees and their families. Tricare has restricted the payments for services for
the Panama area, due to continuous overcharging in this area (actually by this hospital), and this hospital will not accept the fee rates applied by Tricare for this area. This is the same thing happening at Hospital Nacional in Panama City.
After talking to Javier Adames at Hospital Mae Lewis, here is their status: They have sent Tricare a letter, and are expecting an answer soon. Once this answer is received, they will have a meeting with
their doctors and decide if they will be accepting Tricare as payment for services, or not. He further stated that if the doctors vote “No” to accepting Tricare payments, other services at the hospital MAY still be accepting Tricare for services (ie. Lab, X-Ray, Hospitalization, etc). More to follow on this when Mr Adames gets back to me.
This means that we may end up paying for any/all services at the hospitals, and submitting to Tricare for reimbursement. For those who are living on military retirement only, or even with minimum SSA
income, this could become a problem.
If you want to talk more about this off of the group, feel free to email me at email@example.com , or call me at 775-9091/6682-1650.
It may be beneficial if all of the military retirees contact Mr Javier Adames at Hospital Mae Lewis, and let him know your concerns. It can only help, not hurt, the situation. Thanks.