Based On Eligibility And Cost Sharing Requirements, What Are The Financial Advantages For Either Providers Or Patients Participating In The TRICARE Program?


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TRICARE is the health program of United States Department of Defense Military Health System. TRICARE provides civilian health benefits for military personnel, military retirees, as well as their dependents. This also includes some members of the Reserve Component.

The TRICARE program is managed by TRICARE Management Activity. They operate under the authority of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs).

The best way to find the answers to your questions and queries about how TRICARE works, including eligibility and requirements for elements of the scheme, is to visit the official website and, if necessary, to contact the relevant parties through the official channels.

The official website of TRICARE is and on its front page invites users to select their identity, address and health plan in order to provide them information that is relevant to their circumstances and their situation.

The TRICARE Online website is another useful source of information and advice for those who need to know more. You can visit this site at

There is a contact form for making inquiries available on this website at

There is also a thorough list of TRICARE contacts at This includes relevant telephone numbers as well as links to other websites about specific elements and sub-branches of the TRICARE scheme.

The former name of the TRICARE program was the 'Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services' (CHAMPUS).

The program was established in response to the historical problem that health care for military personnel was made provided on a 'space-available' basis, which became particularly problematic after the Second World War and the Korean War. The Dependents Medical Care Act of 1956 was established to allow the Secretary of Defense to contract out to civilian health care providers.

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