Not qualified for Basic Med

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Not qualified for Basic Med

Posted by Nat Jackson on Jun 17, 2017 11:02 am

I don't qualify for basicmed due to the fact that my one and only second class medical certificate was obtained in 09/2003 and was never renewed. I now have been diagnosed with type II diabetes. While my last three labs have my A1c at or below 7.5 I still have to obtain an initial Special Issuance from the FAA.

My question, has anyone gone through this process? How long does it take? How much did it cost you? How many doctors did you have to see to meet all the FAA requirements? Any guidance you could provide will be greatly appreciated.

Nat
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Re: Not qualified for Basic Med

Posted by Dennis Thrasher on Jul 31, 2017 6:12 am

If I'm not mistaken the Airman Medical Certification Division does not review results from Basic Med. It's under the direction of FSDO.

Re: Not qualified for Basic Med

Posted by Joe Stubblefield on Aug 24, 2017 11:12 am

It could take a few months to get your special issuance if needed. I just got through wrangling with FAA again over my special issuance for diabetes. There was a new form required from my Dr that they faxed to my AME in Jan. It was sent in to FAA with unanswered questions which promptly got me a nastygram from OK City in late July which said I must reply and answer all questions by 60 days from date of letter, which was in June. I was trying to line up tests required in my case and then called the NY FAA med office. They informed me I just needed to supply info that was needed and some that was also lost on their end apparently. Fax issues I think. Anyway I got the blanks filled in and everything resent from Jan and got calls from my AME and the very nice lady at FAA NY almost immediately telling me all was now golden with my special issuance again. So, if you do require the special issuance figure 2-3 days per year and several hundred dollars after insurance to keep it going and then constant worry if they want something 5-8 months out or you are grounded. Pull up the FAA chart on meds allowed for diabetes. Do not think you have it all worked out and then let your doctor prescribe the wrong drug or combo of drugs. Another aggravating and costly thing is getting all tests required to FAA that are current, within 60 days. Sometimes this requires getting two tests per year when your Dr might only want one. f5bbc827815d0a7b69233cd790fab4f5-huge-im
Tighten down on the diet and excercise regimes. ......and maybe still you will be electing basic med after getting all straightened out. Good health and good flying!