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||Your rules for getting urgent care depend on your plan
Urgent care is care you need for a non-emergency illness or injury. You need urgent care treatment within 24 hours, and you shouldn't have to travel more than 30 minutes for the care. You typically 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 may include things like a high fever or sprained ankle.
Nurse Advice Line
If it's after hours or you're not sure if you need to see a doctor, call TRICARE's Nurse Advice Line 24/7. Call 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273)—Option 1 to 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
The Nurse Advice Line is available to all TRICARE beneficiaries in the U.S. except those enrolled in the US Family Health Plan. Beneficiaries who live overseas can call the Nurse Advice Line for health care advice when traveling in the U.S., but must coordinate care with their Overseas Regional Call Center.
You’ll make a "same day" appointment with your primary care doctor, family doctor or urgent care clinic for urgent care services.
The Urgent Care Pilot Program began on May 23, 2016. This pilot allows you to get two urgent care visits per fiscal yearOctober 1 - September 30 without a referral from your PCM. >>Learn More
US Family Health Plan
Visit your designated provider's web site for details. >>Learn More
All Other Plans
Visit any TRICARE-authorized providerAn authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network., network or non-network. >>Find a Doctor
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.