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Getting Care Along the Way
Routine Medical and Dental Care-Get it before you go.
Before you move, make sure you have received any routine medical or dental care you think you might need during the time you will be traveling. Or, delay the care until you get to your new duty location. Check supply of all prescription medications and get refills/new prescriptions until you can make an appointment with your new Primary Care Manager (PCM) at your new duty site.
Emergency Care in the United States-Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
TRICARE defines emergency care as medical services provided for a sudden or unexpected medical or psychiatric condition, or the sudden worsening of a chronic (ongoing) condition that is threatening to life, limb, or sight and needs immediate medical treatment, or which has painful symptoms that need immediate relief to stop suffering. If you are near a military treatment facility (MTF), you should go to the MTF or military dental treatment facility for emergency services. If you are seen in a civilian facility, contact your PCM or regional contractor within 24 hours.
Urgent care in the United States-Coordinate with your PCM and/or regional contractor.
TRICARE defines urgent care as medical care for a condition that will not result in disability or death if not treated immediately but should be treated within 24 hours to avoid further complications. If you are in a Prime program, you must coordinate urgent care with your primary care manager and/or regional contractor before receiving the care. If you are in TRICARE Standard and Extra or TRICARE For Life, you can receive care as you normally would. You should, however, contact your contractor as soon as possible to coordinate any prior authorizations that are needed.
Emergency or Urgent care Overseas follow these steps
AD and ADFM enrolled in TRICARE Prime and travelling outside the United States:
- Contact the TRICARE Area Office, or go to their website for assistance finding Emergency or Urgent care.
AD and ADFM stationed overseas:
- For Urgent care coordination, contact your MTF PCM, or
- Contact the closest TRICARE Area Office, or
- Contact the TRICARE Overseas Regional Call Center, or
- Go to their website (internationalsos.com)
You do not need prior authorization for emergency or urgent care but the TRICARE Area Office or TRICARE Global Remote Call Center will help you find the best care available in the overseas area in which you are traveling.