Injured while traveling? Here's how you can get Tricare help
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Whether you break your leg skiing in Colorado, or fall out of a palm tree in Fiji, Tricare wants servicemembers and their families to know if something happens, Tricare will take care of them.
With many servicemembers traveling for the holidays, Tricare, the U.S. military’s health plan, is trying to get word out that a little preparation can go a long way.
“Your health is your number one priority,” said 1st Lt. Robert Flemming, flight commander for Tricare at Yokota Air Base, Japan. “If you need emergency care, don’t hesitate, go to the emergency room to get it.”
Flemming explained that if you go to the emergency room and have to pay a bill afterward, you can file with Tricare for reimbursement. Emergency care is defined by Tricare as treatment for a sudden or worsening medical condition that threatens life, limb or eyesight.
For urgent care, which is non-emergency care that could worsen if not treated, Tricare advises servicemembers to seek treatment at the nearest Military Treatment Facility or Tricare Network Provider. A list of MTFs can be found online at www.tricare.osd.mil/mtf.
Routine medical treatment should be coordinated through a servicemember’s Primary Care Manager at their home installation, Flemming said.
For servicemembers traveling to remote areas where military treatment facilities are scarce, there is another option for treatment. By contacting International SOS, servicemembers can have Tricare arrange medical assistance.
“Coordination is key,” said Flemming, adding that if they do have a medical emergency and receive non-military aid, they should follow up by contacting the Tricare support center.
For more information about Tricare in the Pacific go to www.tcare.mil/pacific/default.cfm.
Tricare service center numbers
Location Commercial phone DSN phone
U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka 011-81-6160-43-9528 243-9528
374th Medical Group, Yokota 011-81-3117-55-6478 225-6478
MEDDAC-Japan, Camp Zama 011-81-3117-63-8197 263-8197
35th Medical Group, Misawa 011-81-6160-26-6001 226-6001
Branch Medical Clinic, Atsugi 011-81-6160-64-4686 264-4686
Branch Medical Clinic, Iwakuni 011-81-6160-53-3126 253-3126
Branch Medical Clinic, Sasebo 011-81-6160-52-2572 252-2572
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa 011-81-6117-43-7539/7639
18th Medical Group, Kadena 011-81-611-730-4026 630-4188
121st General Hospital, Seoul 011-82-7916-8558/9130
51st Medical Group, Osan 011-82-333-661-2273 784-2273
8th Medical Group, Kunsan 011-82-063-470-5502 782-5502
U.S. Naval Hospital Guam 1-671-344-9425 344-9425
36th Medical Group, Andersen AFB 1-671-366-6548 366-6548