Accession Number:

ADA310679

Title:

Tricare Tidewater: An Analysis of Military Physician Satisfaction.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

79.0

Abstract:

In October of 1992, the Tidewater area of Virginia was designated as a demonstration site for Tricare. The demonstration project makes fundamental changes in the financing and delivery of health care to military beneficiaries currently served by Naval Hospital, Portsmouth McDonald Army Hospital, Pt. Eustis and 1st Medical Group TAC, Langley Air Force Base. Tricare Tidewater is a triservice managed-care initiative, designed to enhance military beneficiaries access to care, improve mechanisms for quality assurance, control rising costs, and increase coordination between military and civilian components of the Military Health Services Systems MHSS. Although increasing physician satisfaction was not a direct goal of the program, many of the changes implemented may affect the way that military physicians practice medicine in the Tidewater region and their attitudes regarding their role in the MHSS. Certainly, any positive effects would be welcomed, but a decline in physician satisfaction could lead to lower retention rates for military physicians, as well as lower levels of physician performance, patient satisfaction, and quality of care. In this research memorandum, we measure the impact of the first two years of the Tricare program on physician satisfaction.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE