A Comparison of the Military and Civilian Health Systems
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Military personnel were found to be in better health than their civilian compatriots. There is no way of determining to what extent this is due to starting out with a healthier population and to what extent it is due to the greater per capita expenditure discussed earlier. In addition, it was noted that military medical care is much more hospital intensive than in the civilian economy. To re-emphasize this point in the Air Force in 1967, 74 of all those excused from duty were hospitalized whereas in the civilian economy, hospital days for males 17-64 were only 26 of their work loss days.
- Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies