Defense Health Care: Military Physicians' Views on Military Medicine
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV
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The percentage of military physicians leaving the service increased in recent years, from 13.7 in 1985 to 15.6 in 1988. This has caused concern in the Congress and the military services because increases in the number of active-duty physicians leaving the military may affect the Departments of Defenses DOD ability to meet combat medical requirements in the event of war and its ability to provide services to beneficiaries in peacetime. To assist in structuring a long-term solution to the military physician attrition problem, the Chairman, Subcommittee on Military Personnel and Compensation, House Committee on Armed Services, asked GAO to identify the reasons why military physicians are leaving the service in increasing numbers. GAO sent a questionnaire to about 1,500 active-duty physicians to assess the likelihood that physicians will leave the military, and the factors that most influence physicians decisions to leave the service.
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