TRICARE Select and Other Plans

If you're using any of these plans:

  • TRICARE Select
  • TRICARE Select Overseas
  • TRICARE Reserve Select
  • TRICARE Retired Reserve
  • TRICARE Young Adult-Select

These rules apply to you for booking appointments:

  • You don't usually need a referral for any type of care (one exception is care through the Autism Care Demonstration)
  • Some services may require prior authorization
  • Contact your regional contractor if you have any questions about the type of care you need. 

In the United States

Emergency Care 
  • Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency roomThe hospital department that provides emergency services to patients who need immediate medical attention. immediately.  
  • If admitted, you may need authorization from your regional contractor. 
All Other Types of Care
  • Schedule an appointment with any TRICARE-authorized providerAn authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. DS.
  • Look for a network provider first. You'll save money and the network provider will file claims for you.
  • If a network provider is not available, you can schedule the appointment with a non-network provider. 
    • You may get care at military hospitals or clinics on a space-available basis only.


    You don't usually need a referral for any type of care, but some services may require prior authorization. Contact International SOS if you have any questions about the type of care you need.

    Emergency Care
    All Other Types of Care 
    • Schedule an appointment with any approved overseas provider.
    • To find a provider, contact International SOS or search the overseas provider directory.
    • You may get care at military hospitals and clinics on a space-available basis only.

    Last Updated 9/3/2019