Health & Safety

April 26, 2013

Ask the Doc

doctorQ. I was seeing a civilian provider and was told that I have to come back to the base hospital. Why do I have to come back, and what other options do I have?

A. If medical care can be administered at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center, then you must come here for your care if you are in Tricare Prime or are an active-duty service member. You have two option available to you.

Option 1: dis-enroll from Tricare Prime and utilize Tricare Standard:

Option 2: Utilize Point of Service — which entails a $300 deductible and 50 percent of the balance — which does not go towards your catastrophic cap.

**Highly recommended that you discuss you options with and Health Benefits Adviser.

**Another reason you would have to come back to the Military Treatment Facility would be if you have been referred to a civilian specialist and you want to continue your care with them, your primary care manager would have to write a new referral if the original one is expired.

This keeps your PCM informed and able to help manage your care.

Send your questions to askthedoc@nellis.af.mil.




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