Remedial and private physician

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  1. Academy4me

    Academy4me Member

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    Has anyone used a private physician for your remedial as opposed to the a doctor assigned from Dodmets? The closest doctor Dodmets found is about 2 hours from my house. The website says you can go to a private physician but how does Dodmets get the records from that doctor? Am I supposed to get copies of the medical records before I leave the appointment and send to Dodmets or does the doctor send something directly to Dodmets? Can anyone tell me how it works with a private physician?
     
  2. Capri120

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    Yes.
    I would have your private physician send the results directly to DoDMets via Fax, email, or whatever means is directed by the remedial letter. This will require you to sign an authorization of release for them to do so.
    Additionally, I recommend obtaining a "hard-copy" for yourself in case you need to follow-up with DodMets and just for your records.
     
  3. jebdad

    jebdad 5-Year Member

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    Yes. Not even considering the distance you have to travel but, to me, its a small investment to make to have a bit more control over the situation. You never know what you are going to get with one of their doctors. Some, I assume are great. Others, not so much. You don't want to take that chance with something so important.

    I may be a bit of a control freak, but I also would get the records and email or fax them to DODMERB myself. Again, not a difficult thing to do and you are increasing what you can control in the process.
     
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  4. Academy4me

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    Thank you for the replies! I looked back at the remedial letter and it says "email the results to your assigned technician" referenced in the letter. I will do that but was just curious if anyone actually went to a private physician and what they did. And also if they were qualified after seeing a private physician.
     
  5. New@This

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    DodMERB doctors work for the Dept of Defense. Use your own physician who is working with you for you benefit.

    We have been through this process twice now and needed a physician both times. We used our own physicians, rec'd the records and then sent them on to DodMERB ourselves.
     
  6. Academy4me

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    Great advice. That is what my mom hoped for and she appreciates your responses. I'll make an appointment with a private doctor and send my records to DoDMERB myself. Thank you all.
     
  7. Academy4me

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    As an update, I went to a private physician for my remedial on Monday, October 8th. Got doctor's records and he even wrote a letter. (He was a military surgeon. Didn't know until my visit). Sent to DoDMERB the following day and yesterday the website showed QUALIFIED! One week from start to finish. Glad I took your advice.
     
  8. New@This

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    Excellent - Thanks for the update.
     
  9. Dino10

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    DS received his request for AMI last night on two things we are both shocked by as he has never had any issues with these things (left wrist and amp; groin). Says we do not need a physicians appt and can just show medical records (there are none on this as he has never had issues w them) or a personal statement. So I guess he just says he has never had any issues w these things and then sends them in via fax or email?
     
  10. New@This

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    Is there anything he might have written or something in his past records that has indicated any treatment in these areas? If it is absolutely out of the ballpark surprising to you than you might consider whether his information was mixed up with somebody else's. There have been a couple of different situations in the last few years where this has happened.
     
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  11. Dino10

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    That is exactly what we are thinking. He is on the phone w them now and sent me a quick text that he has it taken care of. Can’t wait to hear what the issue was. Lol.
     
  12. Dino10

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    So it was a typo. Should say waist not wrist. Lol.
     
  13. Hopin4DaBest

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    Can someone please help me for the personal statement thing
     
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  15. blue42

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    I was looking at the Dodmets application and it said that if you use a different doctor, the results will be invalid. I would like to use a more local dr if possible. Did they recently change their policy regarding using your own doctor? Please advise.
     
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    Where do I find the authorization of release form? Is this something the Dr has, or do I provide that document?
     
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  18. nightgazer0729

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    Any update on the personal statement request? I have a remedial for allergy shots (pollen only). The top of the letter states I can submit other documents but the body of the letter says to sign and date a personal statement. It seems odd that a personal statement would suffice. Has anyone been successful with just a personal statement?
     
  19. Impulsive

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    A lot of times they only need the candidates personal statement stating there is no problem wearing certain things, or being around certain things. Once you sign it, you are signifying there are no problems, make sure that is the case otherwise if they determine something was there your credibility is shot. If they require a "personal statement" they always also send along the requirements of what to mention...just follow the instructions and you should be fine.

    And as for the medical remedial with an assigned DoDMERB physician, my understanding is that you MUST use the DoDMERB doc unless they tell you otherwise. I have read both here, some conditions they want a government specialist who knows what will be required specifically to look at and speak to the candidate. DoDMERB knows personal docs are more pro candidate than government docs. But as long as DoDMERB says you can use private docs go for it. Both our DS's had to travel 1.5 hours each time to get their initial DoD medicals. Would much rather have had it done locally, even if it cost us. Two full days were spent between our twins getting DoD medical stuff done. And they were 17 then so either my wife or I had to be there.
     
  20. Texan in MS

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    We emailed in additional documentation detailing DS condition from our private physician including a letter written from the physician and were successful in receiving a waiver.