Accession Number : ADA297219

Title :   Military Health Care System: Comparing Orthopedic Costs Between A Military Treatment Facility and CHAMPUS.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Haradon, Geralyn A.

PDF Url : ADA297219

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 74

Abstract : For more than three decades, two systems have provided healthcare for military beneficiaries: (1) the direct care system, whereby beneficiaries obtain health care services from military treatment facilities (MTFs), and (2) the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS). a health program in which beneficiaries receive care from civilian providers. The rising cost to the Department of Defense (DoD) of supplying quality medical care in a constrained financial environment has prompted many suggestions for reforming the military health care system. The objective of this research is to compare costs between a military treatment facility and CHAMPUS and to determine whether a given MTF can provide inpatient care to its beneficiaries at lower cost than through CHAMPUS. By comparing MTF and CHAMPUS costs, a given MTF can identify those specialty areas in which to reduce costs either by increasing workload (CHAMPUS recapture) or increasing referrals to health care providers outside the MTF.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FACILITIES, *COST ESTIMATES, *MILITARY MEDICINE, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, *CHAMPUS, ENVIRONMENTS, LOW COSTS, HEALTH, COSTS, MEDICINE, QUALITY, PATIENTS, WORKLOAD, FINANCE, ORTHOPEDICS.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE