Accession Number : ADA324147

Title :   Cost Analysis of TRICARE, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and a Catchment Area Management Project.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for Jul 95-Jul 96,

Corporate Author : ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATI ON

Personal Author(s) : Taylor, Charles E.

PDF Url : ADA324147

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 71

Abstract : A comparison of the health care cost of TRICARE, the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, and a Catchment Area Management (CAM) project was done for fiscal year 1994. The study compared the government share of the average cost per beneficiary of the three programs and the average cost per beneficiary for the Department of Defense (DoD). The results of the study were mixed. The CAM project cost per beneficiary was lower than the TRICARE program cost per beneficiary. The FEHB program cost per beneficiary was lower than either the CAM or TRICARE cost per beneficiary when Fiscal Year 1994 program growth rates were calculated on a straight-line rate of 4.54 percent. When Fiscal Year 1994 growth was calculated based on a four-year average rate of 9.53 percent, FEHB program cost per beneficiary was less than TRICARE but more than the CAM project. Recommendations were made to expand on this study to evaluate what effects a program similar to the FEHB program would have on the Military Health Services System (MHSS) and to evaluate the cost of Medicare Subvention and CHAMPUS as a second payer for DoD beneficiaries over the age of sixty-five. Finally, the study recommends that DoD consider offering the FEHB program or a similar program to DoD beneficiaries over the age of sixty-five as an option for their access to health care.

Descriptors :   *COST ANALYSIS, *GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, *CHAMPUS, MILITARY PERSONNEL, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, POLICIES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, COST EFFECTIVENESS, ECONOMIC IMPACT, MEDICAL SERVICES, PUBLIC HEALTH, MILITARY BUDGETS, FEDERAL BUDGETS.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE