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Accession Number ADA584296
Title Military Medical Care: Questions and Answers. Updated July 24, 2013.
Publication Date Jul 2013
Media Count 30p
Personal Author D. J. Jansen K. Blakeley
Abstract The primary objective of the military health system, which includes the Defense Department s hospitals, clinics, and medical personnel, is to maintain the health of military personnel so they can carry out their military missions and to be prepared to deliver health care during wartime. The military health system also covers dependents of active duty personnel, military retirees, and their dependents, including some members of the reserve components. The military health system provides health care services through either Department of Defense (DOD) medical facilities, known as military treatment facilities or MTFs as space is available, or through private health care providers. The military health system currently includes some 56 hospitals and 365 clinics serving 9.7 million beneficiaries. It operates worldwide and employs some 58,369 civilians and 86,007 military personnel. Since 1966, civilian care to millions of dependents and retirees (and retirees dependents) has been provided through a program still known in law as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS), but more commonly known as TRICARE. TRICARE has four main benefit plans: a health maintenance organization option (TRICARE Prime), a preferred provider option (TRICARE Extra), a fee-for-service option (TRICARE Standard), and a Medicare wrap-around option (TRICARE for Life) for Medicare-eligible retirees. Other TRICARE plans include TRICARE Young Adult, TRICARE Reserve Select and TRICARE Retired Reserve. TRICARE also includes a pharmacy program and optional dental plans. Options available to beneficiaries vary by the beneficiary s duty status and location.
Keywords Active duty
Clinical medicine
Defense systems
Department of defense
Family members
Health maintenance organizations
Medical personnel
Medical services
Military facilities
Military medicine
Military operations
Military personnel
Military reserves
Postal service
Veterans(Military personnel)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 57E - Clinical Medicine
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
57G - Dentistry
44K - Health Services
Corporate Author Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Congressional rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1402
Contract Number N/A

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