DoD Health Care: Implications of Outpatient User's Fee for Nonactive Duty Beneficiaries.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV
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The Department of Defense DOD operates a worldwide health care system to provide medical care to active duty U.S. military forces and, when space, staff, and other resources are available, to other eligible beneficiaries--dependents of active duty members, retirees, and dependents of retirees and deceased members. According to DODs 1984 Health Care Survey, 9 million beneficiaries are eligible for health care in the system--2.3 million active duty members, 2.7 million dependents of active duty members, and 4 million retirees and dependents of retirees and deceased members. The system consists of 1 168 hospitals and 546 ambulatory care facilities, which provide care directly to eligible beneficiaries, and 2 a supplemental program of civilian care for other than active duty members known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services CHAMPUS. In fiscal year 1985, the direct care system cost about 8.0 billion to operate, including medical facility construction, while CHAMPUS costs amounted to about 1.4 billion.
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