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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — All Department of Defense workers, family members, military retirees, State Department workers and other civilians who use U.S. Army medical facilities in South Korea are being asked to update their contact and insurance information this summer, according to an official at the 121st General Hospital.

The registration drive does not include active-duty servicemembers who use Tricare, the military’s insurance system, said Maj. Erik J. Glover, the chief of patient administration for the hospital.

But all others who use the Army hospital are being asked to ensure the 18th Medical Command, which runs the hospital, has their current names, phone numbers, addresses and insurance information, Glover said.

“It’s for everyone who’s not in uniform,” Glover said. “We want to make this an annual requirement.”

The registration drive — which runs from May through July for people who use the 121st General Hospital — is meant to ensure better patient care and faster reimbursements from nongovernment insurance companies, he said. It also will eliminate the need for the hand-written promissory notes currently used to pick up prescription medications.

Other Army health facilities in South Korea will begin a similar registration drive in June, Glover said. Health facilities at Osan Air Base are not a part of the drive, he said.

Having correct phone numbers and addresses in the hospital’s database will help health care providers contact their patients. Updated information also is important for people who might be receiving care during an emergency or conflict in South Korea, Glover said.

Patients can register during weekdays at the hospital’s patient record administration area, near the treasurer’s window on the first floor. Bring two forms of identification and insurance cards, Glover said.

After July, non-military patients using the 121st who have not registered will be asked to do so before making an appointment or using the facility, he said. No one will be turned away during an emergency because of failure to register, he said.

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