Accession Number : ADA584296
Title : Military Medical Care: Questions and Answers
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Jansen, Don J ; Blakeley, Katherine
Report Date : 24 Jul 2013
Pagination or Media Count : 30
Abstract : The primary objective of the military health system, which includes the Defense Department s hospitals, clinics, and medical personnel, is to maintain the health of military personnel so they can carry out their military missions and to be prepared to deliver health care during wartime. The military health system also covers dependents of active duty personnel, military retirees, and their dependents, including some members of the reserve components. The military health system provides health care services through either Department of Defense (DOD) medical facilities, known as military treatment facilities or MTFs as space is available, or through private health care providers. The military health system currently includes some 56 hospitals and 365 clinics serving 9.7 million beneficiaries. It operates worldwide and employs some 58,369 civilians and 86,007 military personnel. Since 1966, civilian care to millions of dependents and retirees (and retirees dependents) has been provided through a program still known in law as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS), but more commonly known as TRICARE. TRICARE has four main benefit plans: a health maintenance organization option (TRICARE Prime), a preferred provider option (TRICARE Extra), a fee-for-service option (TRICARE Standard), and a Medicare wrap-around option (TRICARE for Life) for Medicare-eligible retirees. Other TRICARE plans include TRICARE Young Adult, TRICARE Reserve Select and TRICARE Retired Reserve. TRICARE also includes a pharmacy program and optional dental plans. Options available to beneficiaries vary by the beneficiary s duty status and location.
Descriptors : *MEDICAL SERVICES , *MEDICARE , *MILITARY MEDICINE , ACTIVE DUTY , CLINICAL MEDICINE , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , DRUGS , FACILITIES , FAMILY MEMBERS , HEALTH , HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATIONS , HOSPITALS , MEDICAL PERSONNEL , MILITARY FACILITIES , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MILITARY PERSONNEL , MILITARY RESERVES , MISSIONS , NETWORKS , PHARMACIES , POSTAL SERVICE , RETAIL , RETIREMENT(PERSONNEL) , VETERANS(MILITARY PERSONNEL)
Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE