Your status as an active duty service member means you’re covered by TRICARE Prime for claims purposes, but your rules for getting care are slightly different.
If you are stationed in a remote location for duty and are not close to a military hospital or clinic, you may be enrolled in TRICARE Prime Remote and have slightly different rules for seeing a doctor. Learn more about TRICARE Prime Remote.
When you’re stationed at a military installation that has a clinic/hospital or troupe clinic, you’re assigned to a Primary Care Manager (PCM) where you are required to get all of your medical care. If you’re assigned to a ship, you’ get care from the medical team on board. Any care that your PCM can’t provide (other than emergency care) requires a referral; this includes urgent care. To schedule appointments:
You should seek urgent care at your military hospital or clinic. If you’re away from home, contact your regional contractor for help obtaining urgent care.
You may seek care at a network provider during an emergency.
Last Updated 6/1/2018