Accession Number : ADA298597

Title :   Defense Health Care: Despite TRICARE Procurement Improvements, Problems Remain.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HEALTH EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES D IV

PDF Url : ADA298597

Report Date : 03 AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : As federal and state medical programs move to managed care, competitively bid contracting with private health care companies is increasingly being used. Under the Medicaid program, states are using such contracts as part of their overall strategy to control rapidly escalating medical costs. In the federal sector, the Department of Defense (DOD) has been a leader in using these contracts. As part of its implementation of a nationwide managed health care program for military beneficiaries called TRICARE, DOD has begun to award large, complex, competitively bid contracts to supplement and support the health care provided in military medical facilities. These 5-year contracts are estimated to cost a total of about $17 billion.

Descriptors :   *PROCUREMENT, *MEDICAL SERVICES, CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY FACILITIES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, STRATEGY, CONTRACTS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, CONTRACTORS, COST ESTIMATES, COSTS, MEDICINE, MILITARY MEDICINE.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE