There is no denying that TRICARE and MEDICARE are managed by two different government agencies. Nor is the fact that TRICARE ministers to a smaller group of recipients in dispute. Nonetheless, TRICARE labours under the same constraints as regards electronic billing, fraud and abuse control, contracting, coordination of benefits, and all the other mandatory safeguards that come into play when disbursing public funds. TRICARE does it. I believe that MEDICARE can do it, as well. In any event, I do not subscribe to the idea that it is for technical reasons only that MEDICARE is withheld from otherwise eligible beneficiaries outside the United States.
(This post was edited by El Príncipe on May 26, 2006, 2:39 AM)