My family is moving to San Diego, and we’ll need medical care for our children…
NMC San Diego is the primary military treatment facility in the San Diego area, but there are also Tricare-affiliated primary care providers available at NH Camp Pendleton, military branch clinics, and civilian clinics. Inpatient pediatric care for Tricare beneficiaries is typically provided at NMC San Diego or NH Camp Pendleton, even for children who receive outpatient or emergency room care from civilian providers.
Children with Tricare Prime should be enrolled with a local provider as soon as they move to the area. This can be done by visiting a Tricare office (one is located at NMC San Diego on the 1st floor of Building 2) or at https://www.tricareonline.com. At that time, you will choose the clinic where you would like your child to receive primary care. Most pediatric subspecialty care is provided at NMC San Diego which may be a consideration when choosing a new primary care provider, although children with complex medical needs may enroll at any location for primary care.
If specialty care is required shortly after moving to the area, the first step is switching Tricare enrollment to this region and scheduling an appointment with your child’s new primary care provider to discuss specialty care needs. Outpatient referrals cannot be placed until your child is enrolled with a local primary care provider. If an appointment is not available soon enough for an urgent situation, please ask to speak to the primary care provider by phone. Please bring a copy of outpatient records from previous providers to the first few appointments; this is particularly important for care received at civilian facilities as their records are not available in the DOD’s electronic medical record system.
Tricare-authorized medical services for special needs children require referrals from a local primary care provider (see above). Please visit the link to the Developmental / Behavioral Clinic for information about local service availability. IFSP-related services are available through the San Diego Regional Center by calling (858) 576-2996. IEP-related services can be arranged through the school district covering your new neighborhood.
Infants with complex medical needs or history of premature birth may also be eligible for the High Risk Infant, NICU Graduate and/or Synagis Clinics.