Accession Number:

ADA519423

Title:

Health Care. The State of the Industry. Spring 2008

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2008-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

With up to forty-seven million Americans without health insurance at any given point during the year, the debate over the adequacy of the US health care system has taken on renewed vigor - including attention in this years presidential debates. Health care spending in the United States is increasing at an unsustainable rate. In 2007, the country spent over 2.3 trillion dollars on health care - a number that is expected to increase to 4.2 trillion within the next decade. The disparities in access to health care, the uneven quality of the health care delivered, and rising costs of health care in the US demand that this nation do better. At the heart of the debate lie three competing and interdependent objectives improved quality outcomes assured access and controlled costs. This paper proposes several policy measures for addressing this triad of objectives in order to meet current and future national security needs from the health care perspective.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Administration and Management

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE