The following beneficiaries have priority for getting appointments at military hospitals and clinics:
All others can get care on a space-available basis only. If you’re a dependent parent or parent-in-law and you get care only at military hospitals and clinics, your ID card will say "direct care only" on the back.
If you have TRICARE Prime, you may be referred for specialty care to a military hospital or clinic even if you have a civilian primary care manager.
This is when your regional contractor refers you to a military hospital or clinic first. The military facility has the right to take the referral or refuse it. If they refuse it, then you'll get a referral to a network provider.
Last Updated 2/6/2017