Accession Number:

ADA561498

Title:

Unified Medical Command and Control in the Department of Defense

Descriptive Note:

Strategy Research Project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-03-22

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

Delivering health care to service members, retirees and their family members is essential to the morale and readiness of the Armed Forces. Indeed, it is viewed as a contract with service members to keep them healthy and treat them when they are sick or wounded. It is becoming increasingly more difficult for Defense Health Program DHP to deliver on this contract, however. At an estimated 57 billion last year, the contract is not cheap. Defense spending, in general, faces tremendous scrutiny and the Military Health System MHS constitutes a significant portion of defense spending. This makes military health care a target for budget cuts. The MHS must rethink how supports the force, in both the operational and institutional medicine arenas. All options must be on the table and the toughest options may require radical changes to do the most good. Any solution must deliver cost savings, which means that some protected aspects of the MHS will need to change.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE