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Can Military Retirees Use Military Hospitals?

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If you are a military veteran, you may be eligible for different types of health care specialized for veterans. Medical benefits are given by the VA, TRICARE, and other supplemental health insurance alternatives are among them. TRICARE continues to cover retirees and their families access to civilian health care. TRICARE coverage is available until you reach the age of 65. When you turn 65, your TRICARE coverage ends and you are eligible for TRICARE for Life. With any of these health care plans, veterans can receive care at military hospitals, medical centers, facilities, and clinics. 

There is a patient priority structure used when treating patients in military medical hospitals and other treatment facilities. The following priority list is typically followed when seeing and treating authorized patients.

First is active-duty members of the military, then their families and those who are enrolled in the TRICARE Prime healthcare insurance. After comes retired veterans of the armed forces including their families and survivors that are enrolled in the same healthcare insurance, TRICARE Prime. The last categories are uninsured active-duty members, retirees and then all other eligible people. 

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Are There Medical Hospitals That Don’t Accept Military Veterans? 

In February 2020, the Pentagon released a statement sharing that a list of military medical treatment centers will be closing their services to non-active duty members of the military in order to focus on providing better support for active-duty military. Here is a list of facilities that no longer provide medical services to veterans: 

  • Barksdale Air Force Base
  • Goodfellow Air Force Base
  • Dover Air Force Base
  • Naval Branch Health Clinic Dahlgren
  • Naval Air Station Belle Chasse
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  • San Onofre Marine Corps Base
  • Fort Bragg
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
  • Defense Distribution Center in New Cumberland
  • Presidio of Monterey
  • Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord

There are a great deal of other military medical facilities that are not offering medical services to veterans.

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: November 23, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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