Is anyone here familiar with TRICARE (the military's illustrious version of an HMO)? I have a cousin who is a physiatrist/pain management specialist, and she has been a real help with advice in dealing with my back problems (ie I take HER advise over that of the quacks I'm forced to see). Unfortunately, she's on the East Coast, and I'm on the Left Coast, otherwise I'd simply go to her. That said, some of her recommendations I can try to follow up with out here, provided the providers take TRICARE (most don't), and I can get my primary care provider to authorize me. Otherwise, I have to pay out of pocket, as if I don't have insurance (which I've already done for acupuncture & chiropractic). Unfortunately, I'm not made of money, and am curious if there's a way to backdoor TRICARE? Just my frustration speaking, but any input would certainly be appreciated?