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Getting Care When Traveling During School Breaks

While school breaks may be the perfect time for your children to catch up with routine checkups, immunizations or other preventive exams, it's recommended that they get all routine care from regular doctor before traveling, especially if enrolled in TRICARE Prime.

But, if they must see a doctor when traveling, here are some basic guidelines to follow.

Emergency Care

Go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

  • In some cases, you may need to pay up front and file a claim for reimbursement.
  • Remember to keep all receipts and file claims in the region where you live, not where you get the care.
  • If enrolled in a Prime option, be sure to call your regional contractor or primary care manager within 24 hours.

All Other Types of Care

  • If enrolled in a Prime option, your child must have a referral from his/her primary care manager for any non-emergency care, including urgent care.
  • For all others, visit any TRICARE-authorized provider. You may need to pay up front and file a claim for reimbursement.

Last Updated 4/8/2014