DOD Health Care: Domestic Health Care for Female Servicemembers
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Female servicemembers are serving in more complex occupational specialties and are being deployed to combat operations, potentially leading to increased health risks. Similar to their male counterparts, female servicemembers must maintain their medical readiness however, they have unique health care needs that require access to gender-specific services. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 directed GAO to review a variety of issues related to health care for female servicemembers. This report describes 1 the extent that DOD s policies for assessing individual medical readiness include unique health care issues of female servicemembers 2 the availability of health care services to meet the unique needs of female servicemembers at domestic Army installations and 3 the extent that DOD s research organizations have identified a need for research on the specific health care needs of female servicemembers who have served in combat. GAO reviewed DOD and military service policies on individual medical readiness and surveyed senior health care officials about the availability of specific health services at the 27 domestic Army installations with MTFs that report directly to the domestic regional medical commands. GAO focused on the Army because it has more female servicemembers than the other military services. GAO also visited six Army installations two from each of the Army s three domestic regional medical commands and interviewed DOD officials who conduct research on health issues for servicemembers.
- Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
- Military Forces and Organizations