Differences in beneficiary assessments of health care between TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Prime Remote

Jane L Meza, Li-Wu Chen, Thomas V. Williams, Fred Ullrich, Keith J. Mueller

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Objectives: We examined differences in health care ratings and reported health care experiences for active duty uniform services personnel using health care plans other than military treatment facilities. Methods: We used a cross-sectional mail survey of a stratified sample of 3,871 beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Prime (TP) and TRICARE Prime Remote (TPR). The adjusted plan mean composite and global ratings were compared between TP and TPR participants. Results: There were few significant differences between the two groups. Patient satisfaction was higher when patients chose their providers (TPR), and use of some preventive services was higher in managed-care plans (TP). Respondents in metropolitan locations differed significantly from those in nonmetropolitan locations in ratings of plans, quality of health care received, and access to services. Conclusions: The military health system is achieving some success in delivering uniform benefits but faces challenges in delivering high-quality uniform benefits in rural communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)950-954
Number of pages5
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume171
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006

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Delivery of Health Care
Military Facilities
Quality of Health Care
Postal Service
Managed Care Programs
Rural Population
Patient Satisfaction
Cross-Sectional Studies
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Differences in beneficiary assessments of health care between TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Prime Remote. / Meza, Jane L; Chen, Li-Wu; Williams, Thomas V.; Ullrich, Fred; Mueller, Keith J.

In: Military medicine, Vol. 171, No. 10, 10.2006, p. 950-954.

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Meza, Jane L ; Chen, Li-Wu ; Williams, Thomas V. ; Ullrich, Fred ; Mueller, Keith J. / Differences in beneficiary assessments of health care between TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Prime Remote. In: Military medicine. 2006 ; Vol. 171, No. 10. pp. 950-954.
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