Accession Number : ADA561498


Title :   Unified Medical Command and Control in the Department of Defense


Descriptive Note : Strategy Research Project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Nesbitt, Anthony R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a561498.pdf


Report Date : 22 Mar 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 32


Abstract : Delivering health care to service members, retirees and their family members is essential to the morale and readiness of the Armed Forces. Indeed, it is viewed as a contract with service members to keep them healthy and treat them when they are sick or wounded. It is becoming increasingly more difficult for Defense Health Program (DHP) to deliver on this contract, however. At an estimated $57 billion last year, the contract is not cheap. Defense spending, in general, faces tremendous scrutiny and the Military Health System (MHS) constitutes a significant portion of defense spending. This makes military health care a target for budget cuts. The MHS must rethink how supports the force, in both the operational and institutional medicine arenas. All options must be on the table and the toughest options may require radical changes to do the most good. Any solution must deliver cost savings, which means that some protected aspects of the MHS will need to change.


Descriptors :   *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS , *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *MEDICAL SERVICES , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , MILITARY BUDGETS , MILITARY MEDICINE , MILITARY PERSONNEL , OPERATIONAL READINESS


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Command, Control and Communications Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE