Accession Number : ADA309142

Title :   The Military Health Care System: On The Road to Privatization.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Woodley, Leon

PDF Url : ADA309142

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : There is a tremendous emphasis from congressional and senior military leadership to downsize the Defense Health Program (DHP) manpower. The new Deputy Secretary of Defense (DEPSECDEF) has come from the Commission on Roles and Missions (CORM) with the mission to privatize as many functions as possible. The direct care portion of the Military Health Services System (MHSS) is mostly at risk. It encompasses all healthcare provided beneficiaries in peacetime throughout all medical treatment facilities. This paper provides an update on the question whether to size the medical forces to wartime or peacetime requirements. The paper concludes that no matter how various models determine the 'right size' of the medical force structure, downsizing pressures will lead to complete privatization of all direct healthcare for non-active duty beneficiaries within ten to fifteen years.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *MILITARY MEDICINE, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, REQUIREMENTS, MILITARY PERSONNEL, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, JOBS, RISK, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, LEADERSHIP, PEACETIME, SIZES(DIMENSIONS), HEALTH, COSTS, MEDICINE, MANPOWER, ACTIVE DUTY, HOSPITALS, BENEFITS.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE