TRICARE Prime and Tripler TRICARE Plus patients have 24-hour access to their providers through their primary care clinic phone numbers. This may help you avoid unnecessary ER visits and keeps your doctors aware of your needs.
Tricare is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) military healthcare program. The TRICARE program today is worldwide, including Europe, Latin America and Pacific Regions. Hawaii is part of TRICARE West along with many other western states.
TRICARE includes healthcare provided by both military clinics and hospitals, and care provided through the civilian healthcare program formerly known as CHAMPUS. TRICARE is now available in every DoD healthcare region.
The Purpose of TRICARE is Three-fold:
Improve access to medical care
Provide healthcare of the highest quality
Deliver healthcare in the most efficient and cost-effective manner
Military members and families eligible for healthcare through DoD have three options from which to choose their health insurance coverage:
Other TRICARE options discussed in this chapter are for persons eligible for Medicare.