Military Hospitals and Clinics

Military hospitals and clinics are:

  • The core of the Military Health System
  • Found at military bases and posts around the world
  • Referred to as direct care, military treatment facilities or MTFs

                         Find a Military Hospital or Clinic

There are several different types of military facilities, each providing different levels of service.

Multi-Service Markets
  • Integrated networks of military hospitals and clinics.
  • May be composed of any combination of medical centers, hospitals or clinics
  • 15 around the world—11 in the U.S. and 4 overseas
  • Six are considered "enhanced" because of size and medical mission:
Medical Centers
  • Largest type of military facility
  • Offer hospitalization and outpatient services
  • Multiple specialtiesClick to closeA branch of medicine or surgery that a doctor specializes in. and sub-specialtiesClick to closeA narrow field of work within a specialty.
  • Serve as trauma centers in the community for military and civilian patients
  • Usually participate in General Medical Education and medical research programs
Hospitals
  • Smaller than medical centers
  • Offer hospitalization and outpatient services; smaller capacity than medical centers
  • Multiple specialties but not sub-specialties
Clinics
  • Smallest military facility
  • Only offers outpatient services; no hospitalization
  • Limited number of specialties.
  • Some clinics limited to primary care only
  • Some clinics limited to active duty service members only
Overseas Patient Liaison Services

Most military hospitals and clinics overseas are staffed with patient liaisons that can help you navigate the overseas health care system with ease. Patient liaisons speak fluent English, as well as the overseas language and are skilled at handling overseas medical system procedures.

Last Updated 1/4/2019