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How do you make appointments with TRICARE?

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Procedures for making appointments with TRICARE depend on the particular health care plan, but prime plan subscribers can contact a primary care manager by phone, according to TRICARE. If the primary care manager is located at a military hospital or clinic, prime plan users need to first register online.

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Primary care managers must provide referrals for patients to see medical specialists, explains TRICARE. Patients make appointments without referrals using the point-of-service option, and can visit a TRICARE-authorized medical specialist to make an appointment directly with the clinic. This service is not available for active-duty service members, children who have not yet been enrolled in the plan, or beneficiaries who have other insurance plans. Additional fees apply with the point-of-service appointment option.

Standard plans allow patients to book appointments directly with any TRICARE-authorized provider, notes TRICARE. Subscribers with this plan have access to care at military clinics on a walk-in basis. Patients who have a US Family Health Plan through TRICARE only make appointments through the designated provider on the plan. This plan does not include a walk-in treatment option at military clinics.

TRICARE suggests calling the Nurse Advice Line by phone to speak directly with a registered nurse before making an appointment. Nurses give medical advice and suggest providers to contact for further care.

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