Accession Number:

AD1158040

Title:

Defense Health Care: DoD Needs to Improve Force Health Protection and Surveillance Processes

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Congressional Testimony]

Corporate Author:

United States General Accounting Office

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-10-16

Pagination or Media Count:

27

Abstract:

Following the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War, many servicemembers experienced health problems that they attributed to their military service in the Persian Gulf. However, a lack of servicemember health and deployment data hampered subsequent investigations into the nature and causes of these illnesses. Public Law 105-85, enacted in November 1997, required the Department of Defense DOD to establish a system to assess the medical condition of service members before and after deployments. GAO reported on 1 the Armys and Air Forces compliance with DODs force health protection and surveillance requirements for servicemembers deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom OEF in Central Asia and Operation Joint Guardian OJG in Kosovo and 2 the status of DOD efforts to correct problems related to the accuracy and completeness of databases reflecting which servicemembers were deployed to certain locations. Defense Health Care Quality Assurance Process Needed to Improve Force Health Protection and Surveillance GAO-03-1041, Sept. 19, 2003 GAO was asked to testify on its findings regarding the Armys and Air Forces compliance with DODs force health protection and surveillance policies. For its report, GAO reviewed records for statistical samples of active duty servicemembers at four military installations.

Descriptors:

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]