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Installation Overview --Kadena Air Base, Japan


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Installation Overview --Kadena Air Base, Japan

The hospital at Kadena Air Base, Japan

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: Lance Cpl. Brenton Gumucio

The 18th Medical Group is the USAF's largest free standing outpatient clinic and provides quality ambulatory and dental care to a beneficiary population of 21,000. There are approximately 450 personnel authorized on the staff and the group is located in twelve buildings on Kadena. Our Neonatology Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is located at the U.S. Hospital Okinawa at Camp Lester which is approximately three kilometers from Kadena AB.

Appointments in the following clinics are made by calling their offices directly: Optometry 630-4038, Immunization 630-4415, OB GYN 643-7520, Pediatrics 630-4542, Family Practice 630-4272, Dental 630-4011, Aerospace Medicine 630-4195, Mental Health 634-1266, Physical Exams 630-4224, and the Wellness Center 634-2499.

Acute Care Services offers same day services for acute problems between the hours of 0700 - 1800 Monday through Friday and 0800 - 1400 on weekends and holidays. A 24-hour ambulance crew is available to transport patients to the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa Emergency Room.

Telephone Consultations with 18th Medical Group providers are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. During normal duty hours (M-F, 0700 - 1600) consultations are available by contacting individual clinics directly. Telephone consults are an excellent way to take care of minor medical problems with minimal inconvenience to patients and has been an overwhelming success. Calls received before 1100 will normally be returned by noon. Calls received before 1500 will normally be returned by 1600 or the next duty day. After duty hours, contact Acute Care Services at 630-4684, providers will normally return your call within the hour.

Each patient must have a DD Form 1173, Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card, or DD Form 2, Armed Forces Identification Card in their possession for each visit to the clinic. Family members 10 years old and over are required to have their own DD Form 1173. Family members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legally appointed adult on each visit to the clinic unless a properly completed parental consent form is on file in the family member's outpatient medical record.

Certain non-military DOD sponsored beneficiaries are entitled to receive healthcare services from uniformed services medical treatment facilities on a fee for service basis. On the day of your appointment, please come in 10 minutes before your appointment to pick up health records at Medical Resource Management Cashier's Office Room 122. It is not necessary to report to Medical Resource Management to get a "voucher" prior to a dental appointment. Payment vouchers will be processed by the clinic cashier. Please contact the Cashier's Office for more information at 634-4346, Mon - Fri 0700 - 1600.

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