Defense Health Care: 2008 Access to Care Surveys Indicate Some Problems, But Beneficiary Satisfaction Is Similar to Other Health Plans
DIANE Publishing, 2010 - 70 pages
The DoD provides health care and mental health care through its TRICARE program. Under TRICARE, beneficiaries may obtain care through TRICARE Prime, an option that includes the use of civilian provider networks and requires enrollment. TRICARE beneficiaries who do not enroll in this option may obtain care from non-network providers through TRICARE Standard, or from network providers through TRICARE Extra. Servicemembers who use TRICARE Standard, TRICARE Extra, or TRICARE Reserve Select are referred to as non-enrolled beneficiaries. This report analyzes the adequacy of DoD's surveys of TRICARE beneficiaries and providers and shows what the surveys' results indicate about access to care for non-enrolled beneficiaries. Illus.
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