To the Editor: Hospital urged to accept military health insurance
Written by Dan Hoile   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 09:40
I read with great interest the article on "Wood County Hospital Now Second to None" by David Miller. I am sure it is a great building with many modern technological advances.
However, I am sad to say that I will probably never see the inside of it or get to use it. This is because the hospital refuses to accept the military health insurance TRICARE.
There are over 10,000 veterans residing in Wood County and many use their military insurance benefit and that list is growing with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead, we have to travel 25 to 40 miles away to get to a hospital that accepts TRICARE rather than use the hospital that is in our own backyard.
We have to go to Lucas, Hancock or Defiance Counties for care because those counties do accept our military health insurance.
As former commander of the Air Force ROTC Detachment at BGSU, I tried to get their policies changed to accept the military insurance, but they refused, I would hope that they might reconsider their decision and help all of Wood County citizens, including the many Veterans who so proudly have served this country to keep it free.
Dan Hoile
USAF Retired

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