ERIC Number: ED294127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Reforming the Military Health Care System.
Serious problems beset the military's extensive system of health care: rising budgetary costs, dissatisfaction among its beneficiaries, and inadequate readiness for war. This report was written at the request of the House Committee on Armed Services to examine some of these issues. It looks at a range of possible reforms in the military health care system. Chapter 1 discusses the need for cost containment and provides an overview of the military health care system. Chapter 2 examines issues in the use of military health care, including the problem of high use, factors contributing to high use, and the effects of potential reforms on readiness and satisfaction. Chapter 3 focuses on the Administration's CHAMPUS Reform Initiative, which aims to contain the rapidly rising costs of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services. Chapter 4 considers alternative strategies using capitation. Chapter 5 discusses techniques for building on current programs, looking at civilian-run outpatient clinics, selective contracts for mental health care, realignment of military medical assets, and a greater use of cost sharing. The 1984 Military Beneficiary Health Care Survey, actual and expected admission rates, the statistical model of family use, and the information on the capitation budgeting demonstration project are appended. A total of 23 data tables are included. (NB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Costs, Health Services, Military Personnel, Military Service, Participant Satisfaction, Program Development
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Congressional Budget Office.