Cost Analysis of TRICARE, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and a Catchment Area Management Project.
Rept. for Jul 95-Jul 96,
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATI ON
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A comparison of the health care cost of TRICARE, the Federal Employees Health Benefits FEHB Program, and a Catchment Area Management CAM project was done for fiscal year 1994. The study compared the government share of the average cost per beneficiary of the three programs and the average cost per beneficiary for the Department of Defense DoD. The results of the study were mixed. The CAM project cost per beneficiary was lower than the TRICARE program cost per beneficiary. The FEHB program cost per beneficiary was lower than either the CAM or TRICARE cost per beneficiary when Fiscal Year 1994 program growth rates were calculated on a straight-line rate of 4.54 percent. When Fiscal Year 1994 growth was calculated based on a four-year average rate of 9.53 percent, FEHB program cost per beneficiary was less than TRICARE but more than the CAM project. Recommendations were made to expand on this study to evaluate what effects a program similar to the FEHB program would have on the Military Health Services System MHSS and to evaluate the cost of Medicare Subvention and CHAMPUS as a second payer for DoD beneficiaries over the age of sixty-five. Finally, the study recommends that DoD consider offering the FEHB program or a similar program to DoD beneficiaries over the age of sixty-five as an option for their access to health care.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
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