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TRICARE/TRIWEST Healthcare Alliance administers the TRICARE program for military service members and their families in the 21-state western region. Once you’re in California call 888-TRI-WEST to register with TRIWEST, update your address and find a provider. TRICARE offers three programs: Prime, Extra, and Standard. For more information about TRICARE or TRIWEST,

TRICARE Coverage for Activated Reservists:If you are a reservist who is activated (called or ordered to active duty) for more than 30 consecutive days you become eligible for health care coverage. For more information

Family Member Dental Care:Locate contracted civilian dentists through the United Concordia TRICARE Dental Program You must enroll in TRICARE Dental separately from TRICARE Medical, and premiums apply.

Naval Medical Center San Diego

Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) provides the highest quality medical care across the full spectrum of patient needs, emphasizing safety, service, teamwork, effectiveness and efficiency. The 6,200 military, civilian, contract, and volunteer staff serve a beneficiary population of about 100,000 active duty and retired personnel, and their families.

Facilities include a 268-bed multi-specialty hospital, along with 11 primary care clinics and 10 free-standing dental clinics extending from San Clemente Island to El Centro. For driving directions, a full list of services and other information on our website, call: NMCSD One-Stop Appointment Line, 619-532-7848 / 877-262-6476 or Quarterdeck, 619-532-6400.

The Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5) programprovides medical care, rehabilitation, family support, and transition services for wounded, ill and injured service members from all military branches.

The Balboa Career Transition Center (BCTC)provides benefit and claims assistance, vocational rehabilitative services, career guidance, and employment assistance to wounded, ill and injured service members.

NMCSD’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) programsare nationally recognized for their quality by the Accreditation Council on GME, offering 25 postgraduate training programs for doctors, in areas ranging from Emergency Medicine to Anesthesia, in addition to programs for dentists, pharmacists, and psychologists. NMCSD also has affiliations with 19 civilian nursing schools, to help address the national nursing workforce shortage by training over 400 students per year in their clinical rotations.

Dental Care

The Branch Dental Clinic located on Naval Base San Diego, provides consultative services and specialty treatment to eligible beneficiaries from throughout southern California. After normal working hours, the duty section provides emergency treatment for patients in pain. The primary objective of this treatment is to relieve discomfort and to stabilize the patient’s condition. After emergency care, the patient may be referred the following day to the dental facility where they usually receive treatment or to a specialist.

For driving directions, a full list of services and other information on our Web site, call: NMCSD One-Stop Appointment Line, 619-532-7848 / 877-262-6476 or Quarterdeck, 619-532-6400.

Veterinary Services

The MCAS Miramar’s U.S. Army Veterinary Treatment Facility offers veterinarian and technician appointments for routine wellness exams and vaccinations for pets of military personnel. Minor sick call appointments are also available. Appointments are made by phone or in person. The facility is open for retail sales (flea and heartworm prevention, oral care) daily. Prescription refills are available only for pets that have been diagnosed by a military veterinarian within the year and specify that refills are appropriate via faxed patient records. Heartworm prevention will be fulfilled only with a valid heartworm test within the past year. Health certificates are provided at no cost for PCS moves. Call 858-577-6552 for appointments and more information.