I’m retired and about to move to a location where only Tricare Standard/Extra is available. Are annual physicals covered? What I’ve read seems to indicate they are not unless they are some sort of cancer screening, pap smear, mammogram, prostate screening or immunization.
You are correct, routine physicals are not covered under Tricare. The only exceptions are for children ages 5 to 11 in connection with school enrollment, and for active-duty family members traveling overseas with their military sponsors on official PCS orders.
Specific physical exams for specific conditions are covered as preventive services at various frequencies for various age ranges, such as for colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and others.
You can get more information from the Tricare managed-care contractor for the Tricare region where you will be living.
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