The Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC) has dropped out of the Demonstration as Sacred Heart did a couple of weeks ago. That includes all their physicians as well and brings the Demo program to its knees in the Angeles area. In fact as of today, 25 Oct 13, there is no Demonstration in the Angeles area. But as usual International SOS (ISOS) and the TRICARE Overseas Program Office (TOPO) at the new Defense Health Agency (DHA) continue to be silent while the defenseless beneficiaries in the area no longer have access to a mandated program that was doomed to failure from the start.
This is no surprise to retirees in the area but will probably come as a surprise to the TOPO since their sole source of information comes from the fox, ISOS, they have guarding the hen house. Feedback from TOPO claims all beneficiaries and approved providers are extremely happy with the Demo and that beneficiaries call ISOS constantly thanking them for their excellent program. Any negative feedback is dismissed as coming from a few malcontents. We can only wonder what spin Frewen and company will put on this latest action.
So let’s see. All beneficiaries in the Angeles City area are mandated to see only approved providers with a guarantee that when we see these approved providers we will only be required to pay our deductible or copays. Failure to use approved providers will result in the absolute denial of any claim submitted. Since there are no longer any approved providers within the Angeles Demo area, in reality we have no program at all and are now required to pay for our own care but with the promise by TOPO that it will not be reimbursed!
ISN’T IT TIME FOR TOPO AND ISOS TO STOP THIS CHARADE AND RETURN ACCESS TO THE BENEFICIARIES USING THE PHILIPPINE STANDARD EVEN AS BAD AS IT IS. WHY ARE YOU SILENT AND WHY HAVE YOU ABANDONED THOSE YOU ARE MANDATED BY CONGRESS TO INSURE HAVE ACCESS TO CARE!
WE ARE ALL WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO TALK TO U.S.!!!!!!
Maybe we should start a betting pool on which set of providers will drop out next. Will it be Baypointe in Olongapo or maybe Gordon? Or maybe it will be Makati Medical? Our money is on Baypointe as they quit once before and got sweet talked back by the snake oil salesman from ISOS.