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Defense Health Care: DOD Needs to Address the Expected Benefits, Costs, and Risks for Its Newly Approved Medical Command Structure

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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United States Government Accountability Office

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DOD considered options to address the departments dual health care mission that differed in their approaches to both command structure and operations. In April 2006, the JointUnified Medical Command Working Group identified three options 1 establishing a unified medical command on par with other functional combatant commands 2 establishing two separate commandsa Medical Command, which would provide operationaldeployable medicine, and a Healthcare Command, which would provide beneficiary health care through the military treatment facilities and civilian providers and3 designating one of the military services to provide all health care services across the department.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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[A, Approved For Public Release]