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Elements of the MHS

Button with the text, "Back to About the MHS"The MHS is a federated system of uniformed, civilian and contract personnel and additional civilian partners at all levels of the Department of Defense and beyond – from senior officials in the Office of the Secretary of Defense to doctors and other health care providers in nearly every community across the nation.

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Heading

Defense Health Agency

Joint Staff Surgeon

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Military Treatment Facilities

Expeditionary Care


Image of the TRICARE logo.Operated by the Defense Health Agency, TRICARE is designed to provide the integrated, high quality care that millions of military families, past and present, deserve. As such, it offers one of the most comprehensive and affordable health benefits available to any American. Integrated health care is offered through military treatment facilities and through networks of civilian providers operated by civilian managed care support contractors in the United States and abroad. With 9.6 million beneficiaries, TRICARE would rank, if it was a civilian health insurer, among the 10 largest health plans in the nation. 

Read more about the TRICARE health plan.

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

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