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We got lucky! Our provincial health care plan said yes to sending us to Darien to see Dr. B for a consultation and diagnostics. It has been such a long journey/fight to get us this far. We are very pleased.

 

His appointment is on January 20th and so I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on where we might stay while we are there?? Has anyone here had any experience with any of the local hotels that are reasonably close to Dr. B's office?? As always, any recommendations/thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks

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PKM, just wondering how you got insurance to cover it? We're seeing Dr. B in 2 weeks but he's out of our network. Can give you feedback about hotels after our visit.

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Dr. B's office has a deal with the DoubleTree Hotel in. Call his office and ask. They'll give you the name of the person to contact. It is 1/2 price! The hotel was quite nice. And VERY convenient.

 

Alternatively, you might want to consider a website like Priceline to name your own price. I used it the other day to go to Annapolis, and got an amazingly low price (let's just say it was about 60% less than the "discount" prices on the internet, and we stayed in a very nice hotel.

 

I'd look into both options.

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PKM, just wondering how you got insurance to cover it? We're seeing Dr. B in 2 weeks but he's out of our network. Can give you feedback about hotels after our visit.

 

Are you in Canada? Or the US? Things work differently in Canada than they do in the US. Before being approved for the USA for health care, we had to prove that we had exhausted all options for our son both in our home province of Manitoba and across Canada. As such, we saw 2 specialists in Manitoba and one in Alberta. After this, and having letters written by the doctors that my son would best be served by someone with both an interest and expertise in post-strep conditions, we got the approval. We have been working towards getting him to the US for a year now. Wait lists here are very long for appointments etc. so the whole process has been very long with various struggles along the way.

 

I don't know if this helps you at all, but that is how we got it accomplished here in Winnipeg, Manitoba. However, the way you mention the words "out of our network" makes me think you are in the US. Maybe there are some "hoops" you have to jump through first in order to see someone out of your network?? Like somehow proving there is no one in your network that has the expertise to help your child?? Have you tried phoning and asking about this?

 

PKM

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We saw Dr B earlier this week and stayed at the Doubletree. We had the special rate and were very pleased. You have to ask for the "We Care" rate. I don'tknow where you are coming from but if you are close to an Amtrak you might check their rates. I think for the best discount you need to do 2 weeks ahead. I was amazed at the Amtrak rate. if you call ahead the hotel will pick you up at the station. Oh, and check different options - round trip and 2 one way tickets. It was cheaper to do the trip as 2- 1 way tickets as opposeed to round trip.

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PKM- Thanks. We're in the US. But will try the letters from the docs in our network saying it's out of their expertise. Maybe that will work. good luck and glad it worked for you!

 

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