Defense Health Care: Operational Difficulties and System Uncertainties Pose Continuing Challenges for TRICARE
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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We are pleased to be here today to discuss the status of the Department of Defenses DOD implementation of its managed care program called TRICARE. Following years of demonstration programs that tested alternative health care delivery mechanisms, DOD began completelyrestructuring its system into TRICARE in 1993. TRICARE represents a redesign of DODs 15.5 billion health care system and is being implemented to improve beneficiaries access to health care while maintaining quality and controlling costs in a time of military downsizingand budgetary concerns. Under TRICARE, health care for over 8.2 million eligible beneficiaries s coordinated and managed on a regional basis using military hospitals and clinics, supplemented by contracted civilian services.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Medicine and Medical Research