Accession Number:

ADA465432

Title:

Military Medical Care Services: Questions and Answers

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-05-05

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

The primary mission of the Military Health Services System MHSS, which encompasses the Defense Departments hospitals, clinics, and medical personnel, is to maintain the health of military personnel so they can carry out their military missions, and to be prepared to deliver health care during wartime. The military medical system also provides, where space is available, health care services in Department of Defense DOD medical facilities to dependents of active duty service members and to retirees and their dependents. The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services CHAMPUS was established in 1966 legislation as the military equivalent of a health insurance plan, run by DOD, for active duty dependents, military retirees, and the dependents of retirees, survivors of deceased members, and certain former spouses. CHAMPUS reimburses beneficiaries for portions of the costs of health care received from civilian providers. As a follow-on to CHAMPUS, DOD established Tricare to coordinate the efforts of the services medical facilities. Tricare also provides beneficiaries with the opportunity to receive their care through a DOD-managed health maintenance organization, a preferred provider organization, or to continue to use regular CHAMPUS now known as Tricare Standard.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE