WASHINGTON — A letter sent to Wright-Patterson Medical Center patients apparently kicking them off the rolls was "poorly worded," and patients will now be asked to consider other TRICARE primary care providers on a voluntary basis, the deputy surgeon general of the United States Air Force said Tuesday, June 17.
Maj. Gen. Charles "Bruce" Green also said the Air Force will send two additional physicians to the base in hopes of stemming a primary care shortage that put the center in the awkward position of having to tell some 3,400 patients to go elsewhere for primary care.
"It really is a voluntary thing," he said.
He made his comments after TRICARE Prime recipients in the area received a June 5 letter from Col. Kimberly Slawinski, commander of the 88th Medical Group, telling them that because of an Air Force-wide medical shortage, "we have no choice but to adjust our patient capacity to match our available resources."
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