The Military Health System How Might It Be Reorganized?
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Since the end of World War II, the issue of whether to create a unified military health system has arisen repeatedly. Some observers have suggested that a joint organization could potentially lead to reduced costs, better integrated health care delivery, a more efficient administrative process, and improved readiness. A recent RAND study done for the Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness developed organizational alternatives for the military health system and outlined trade-offs inherent in choosing among them. This analysis as reported in Reorganizing the Military Health System Should There Be a Joint Command by Susan D. Hosek and Gary Cecchine concluded that careful consideration should be given to reorganizing TRICARE, the militarys health care program for active and retired military members and their families, but that the additional benefits of a joint command are more difficult to assess.
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