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San Diego Tricare UnitedHealthCare

TRICARE/UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans administers the TRICARE program for military service members and their families in the 21-state western region. Once you’re in California, call 877-988-9378 to register with UnitedHealthcare, update your address and find a provider. TRICARE offers different health plans, dental plans and special programs to meet your unique health care needs. For more information about TRICARE or UnitedHealthcare, visit or

TRICARE Coverage for Activated Reservists: If you are a Reservist who is activated (called or ordered to active duty) for more than 30 consecutive days, you become eligible for health care coverage. For more information, visit

Family Member Dental Care: TRICARE Dental Benefits — MetLife is proud to offer the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) to family members of active-duty personnel, National Guard and Reserve members, and their families. Enjoy the cost-effective dental coverage and convenience of having access to thousands of MetLife network locations. Join the 1.9 million beneficiaries who are already taking advantage of the program. Learn more about the benefits of the TDP so you can be better prepared for the unexpected.

For more information, call CONUS 855-638-8371 or OCONUS 855-638-8372.

You must enroll in TRICARE Dental separately from TRICARE Medical, and premiums apply.

Naval Medical Center San Diego

San Diego Naval Medical Center San Diego

Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) provides the highest-quality medical care across the full spectrum of patient needs, emphasizing safety, service, teamwork, effectiveness and efficiency. The 6,500 military, civilian, contract and volunteer staff members serve a beneficiary population of about 100,000 active-duty and retired personnel, and their families. Facilities include a 272-bed, multi-specialty hospital, along with 11 primary care clinics and 10 dental clinics extending from Miramar to El Centro. For driving directions, a full list of services, appointments and other information, visit Appointments can also be made by calling 619-532-8225. The NMCSD Quarterdeck can be reached at 619-532-6400.

The Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5) program manages severely injured or ill patients from medical evacuation through inpatient care, outpatient rehabilitation and eventual return to active duty or transition from the military.

The Balboa Career Transition Center (BCTC) provides benefit and claims assistance, vocational rehabilitative services, career guidance and employment assistance to wounded, ill and injured service members.

NMCSD’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs are nationally recognized for their quality by the Accreditation Council on GME, offering 24 programs in a wide variety of specialties that deliver quality health services to a large and diverse patient population. NMCSD also has affiliations with 19 civilian nursing schools to help address the national nursing workforce shortage by training more than 400 students per year in their clinical rotations.

Dental Care

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The Branch Dental Clinic, on Naval Base San Diego, provides consultative services and specialty treatment to eligible beneficiaries from throughout Southern California. After normal working hours, the duty section provides emergency treatment for patients in pain. The primary objective of this treatment is to relieve discomfort and to stabilize the patient’s condition.

After emergency care, the patient may be referred the following day to the dental facility where they usually receive treatment or to a specialist. For driving directions, a full list of services, appointments and other information, visit Appointments can also be made by calling619-532-8225. The NMCSD Quarterdeck can be reached at 619-532-6400.

Veterinarian Services

San Diego Veterinarian Services

Marine Corp Air Station Miramar’s U.S. Army Veterinary Treatment Facility offers veterinarian and technician appointments for routine wellness exams and vaccinations for pets of military personnel. Minor sick call appointments are also available. Appointments are made by phone or in person. The facility is open daily for retail sales (flea and heartworm prevention, oral care). Prescription refills are available only for pets that have been diagnosed by a military veterinarian within the year and specify that refills are appropriate via faxed patient records. Heartworm prevention will be fulfilled only with a valid heartworm test within the past year. Health certificates are provided for PCS moves. Call 858-577-6552/1773 for appointments and more information.

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