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ER or Urgent Care: Making the Right Decision

Courtesy TRICARE

When we’re in pain or sick, it can be hard to determine if you need to go to the emergency room, an emergency center, or an urgent care center. It’s important to make that distinction because the wrong choice will cost time and money.

Generally, if a condition is threatening to life, limb or eyesight, or the beneficiary needs relief from pain, it is considered an emergency and calls for a trip to the emergency room. Beneficiaries who seek care at emergency centers need to ask if it is affiliated with a hospital-based emergency department.

Learn more about emergency care under TRICARE at


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