Welcome to Branch Health Clinic (BHC) Chinhae, Korea. Our parent command is U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, and we are a tenant command of Commander Fleet Activities Chinhae ( CFAC). The clinic is designed and staffed to provide primary care to active duty personnel and command-sponsored beneficiaries assigned to CFAC and their tenant commands.
Primary care is available for all ages by appointment, with availability well within TRICARE Prime standards. Well-baby and Well-woman care is available, and prenatal care is provided for uncomplicated pregnancies up to 38 weeks. Expectant mothers go to the 121st U.S. Army Hospital in Seoul until delivery. Pregnant civilians may choose local pregnancy care by Korean civilian providers for their entire pregnancy, but must decide at onset of pregnancy.
Urgent care available 24 hours a day via an on-call system.
Clinic personnel respond to medical emergencies on base, but it is not an emergency room. The clinic relies on local Korean medical facilities for most emergency care and will transport patients to them immediately. As appropriate, some urgent cases may be transported to the 121st U.S. Army Hospital in Seoul by helicopter.
Patients must be referred by the medical officer, and when possible, we utilize the 121st U.S. Army Hospital in Seoul (over five hours by car). Local Korean medical providers are also utilized as necessary and appropriate.
Civilian Healthcare in Korea
The quality of Korean healthcare is excellent, and many healthcare providers speak English. We currently have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Masan Samsung Hospital for specialty and emergency care which provides access with no billing requirements only by referral of the medical officer to active duty (AD) and AD family members/dependents.
Active Duty personnel must be fit for full duty. Prior to arrival all individuals (active duty and family members) must undergo screening per BUMEDINST 1300.2 series coordinated through a military medical treatment facility. We are unable to accept persons with chronic conditions (including most Exceptional Family Members (EFM)) that require regular specialist care and/or are reasonably expected to become life threatening (asthma, heart disease, etc). The determining factor for suitability at any location is almost always the underlying condition, not availability of a particular medication. Please communicate with us for all chronic conditions to ensure the patient’s needs can be met. Email for Overseas Screening inquiries: NHYokosuka-OverseasScreening@med.navy.mil
Our formulary is small but stocked to handle many common illnesses and conditions. Persons taking chronic medications must arrive with a 30-day supply in their possession. Most medications can be obtained through our on site formulary or through local Army pharmacy supply chains.
Optometry and Eyeglasses
Optometry and Eyeglasses are not available at this clinic. Persons requiring glasses should have an eye exam prior to arrival and bring a copy of their current prescription as well as a spare set of current glasses. Glasses may be purchased locally through Korean merchants if you have a current prescription. Eye exams and eyeglasses may also be obtained from distant US Army Optometry Clinics (Daegu).
Provided once per quarter by visiting U.S. Army Dental Personnel from 618th Army Dental Command in Daegu. When available, they provide only examinations, cleanings and simple dental surgery. Acute care is obtained from local Korean civilian dentists or more distant US Army Dental facilities (Daegu).
U.S. Army Veterinarians from Daegu visit CFAC as scheduled.