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Defense Health Care: Reimbursement Rates Appropriately Set; Other Problems Concern Physicians

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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Government Accountability Office

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DODs primary medical mission is to maintain the health of 1.6 million active duty service personnel and to provide health care during military operations. Also, DOD offers health care to 6.6 million non-active duty beneficiaries, including dependents of active duty personnel, military retirees, and dependents of retirees. Most care is provided in about 115 hospitals and 470 clinics worldwide - collectively referred to as military treatment facilities MTF - operated by the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The DOD direct care system is supplemented by care that is mostly paid for by DOD but is provided by civilian physicians under the CHAMPUS program. DOD is currently transitioning to a nationwide managed care program called TRICARE, under which the CHAMPUS program is now offered as one of three health care options called TRICARE Standard.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

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[A, Approved For Public Release]