Urgent Care

Covered by TRICARE?Limits
Yes Your rules for getting urgent care depend on your plan

Urgent care is not the same as emergency care. You'll need urgent care to treat a condition that:

  • Doesn’t threaten life, limb or eyesight
  • Needs attention before it becomes a serious risk to health
  • Examples include a high fever or sprained ankle

Examples of urgent care include:

  • Minor cuts
  • Migraine headache
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Sprain
  • Earache
  • Rising fever

You’ll make a "same day" appointment with your primary care physician, family doctor or urgent care clinic for urgent care services.

TRICARE Prime Plans

TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Prime Remote, TRICARE Prime Overseas, TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas, TRICARE Young Adult-Prime

  • Visit your primary care manager (PCM) for all urgent care. 
  • You must have a referral for urgent care if you can't see your PCM, even when you're traveling.
  • If you get urgent care from another provider without a referral from your PCM, you'll be using the point-of-service option.

US Family Health Plan

Visit your designated provider's web site for details. >>Learn More

All Other Plans

Visit any TRICARE-authorized provider, network or non-network. >>Find a Doctor

Nurse Advice Line

If it's after hours or you're just not sure if you need to see a doctor, call TRICARE's Nurse Advice Line. Call 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273)—Option 1, 24 hours per day seven days per week. You can talk to a registered nurse who can:

  • Answer your urgent care questions
  • Give you health care advice
  • Help you find a doctor
  • Schedule next-day appointments at military hospitals and clinics

This list of covered services is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers services that are medically necessary and considered proven. There are special rules or limits on certain services, and some services are excluded.

Last Updated 3/23/2015

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