Regional Health Command Europe wants to ensure the community is aware of proper procedures to follow when considering elective/cosmetic surgery in the civilian community.
In accordance with Chapter 4, Section 1.1, TRICARE Policy Manual 6010.57-M dated Feb. 1, 2008, TRICARE does not cover complications commonly resulting from noncovered or unauthorized elective/cosmetic surgeries. An example of a complication that commonly occurs is one that occurs often enough that it is ordinarily disclosed during the process of informed consent.
Active-duty personnel will not seek cosmetic surgeries outside of the military health system without authorization from their primary care manager or specialty provider and approval from their chain of command.
Family members and other TRICARE beneficiaries should contact their TRICARE Service Center or primary care provider when considering any elective/cosmetic procedure in order to ensure they fully understand clinical options and risks as well as potential financial implications.