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Gary Williams

Veteran Healthcare on the Economy

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Last i recall, in the U.S., if there is no Veteran Hospital or Clinc within 100 miles Disabled Vets can qualify for Tricare and Champa.  Does anyone know how healthcare works overseas, particularly Turkey?  I'm also curious if i need to travel to the States for my VA annual appointments in order to continue receiving my disability checks and prescriptions.

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In Turkey you get Tricare Select Overseas. You would need to enroll for it from what I am seeing on the Tricare website. With this you pay for your treatment, then send the bills to Tricare for reimbursement. You can also use it for your residence permit as health insurance, because there is a Tricare office at Incirlik Air Base in Adana, which fulfills the requirement that the insurance company have a presence in Turkey. You can also get an appointment and be seen at the military hospital at Incirlik, but you need an appointment and have to be escorted there from the gate and back.

The other parts I don't know about, unfortunately.

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Ken, do you know if this Tricare Select Overseas that you described is available to Disabled or 100% Disabled Vets who are NOT retired from U.S. Armed Forces?  From what i read recently on the Tricare Overseas website it's only for Retired, Medal of Honor recipients, and Dead Veteran's Wife and Kids.  And then also on the VA website i read what is available to Disabled Vets is called Foreign Medical Program, which covers treatment on the VA rated disabilities ONLY, and with only specific Doctors on the Economy.  I'm going to call both VA and Tricare to verify, but i like what you said, Ken, MUCH better.

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I'm sorry Gary, I misunderstood. I was reading "disabled vets" as "retired" because of disability. I am unfamiliar with the subject. Tricare does have help centers on the website for various areas, and the one for Turkey is at Incirlik Air Base: +90 322 316 8763.

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