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Military insurance should be accepted by doctors everywhere



This letter is regarding the health care of a young military couple in Paducah. Recently my granddaughter took her baby to a local pediatrician for a checkup. She was told upon check out that if he continues to see the child she would have to pay up front because his practice does not take Tricare insurance.

For those of you who are not familiar with Tricare insurance, this is our military's insurance. I have to ask myself, the celebrations, the flags waving, the yellow ribbons for our soldiers to come home, the stories we hear and the packages we send to our military - is this a joke? Do we really care? Our own military personnel and we cannot recognize their insurance.

We the people of Paducah are hypocrites. The doctors have forgotten their oaths. It is all about money. It makes me sick that the military personnel, our soldiers that protect us, have to look for some doctor that will take their insurance.

My granddaughter resides in Paducah and her husband is currently in training in the U.S. Army. She is here with their child, a 14-month-old, my great-grandchild. Who knows where their next home will be when joined as a family. Hopefully Tricare insurance will be accepted.



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