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Accession Number ADA592077
Title Approaches to Reducing Federal Spending on Military Health Care.
Publication Date Jan 2014
Media Count 43p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract In 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD) spent $52 billion on health care for service members, retirees, and their families. The department offers health care to nearly 10 million people through its TRICARE program, an integrated system of military health care providers and regional networks of civilian providers. Established in 1993, TRICARE now consists of three major plans: TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Standard, and TRICARE Extra. The following groups of people are eligible to participate in TRICARE (with the respective populations in 2012 shown in parentheses): All members of the four military branches as well as members of the Coast Guard and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (1.8 million); Families of current service members (2.6 million); and Retired service members and their families (5.2 million). The cost of providing that care has increased rapidly as a share of the defense budget over the past decade, outpacing growth in the economy, growth in per capita health care spending in the United States, and growth in funding for DoD s base budget (which finances the department s routine activities but has excluded funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan). Between 2000 and 2012, funding for military health care increased by 130 percent, over and above the effects of overall inflation in the economy. In 2000, funding for health care accounted for about 6 percent of DoD s base budget; by 2012, that share had reached nearly 10 percent. By 2028, health care would claim 11 percent of the cost of implementing DoD's plans, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates.
Keywords Afghanistan
Budgets
Coast guard
Congress
Department of defense
Estimates
Health
Health care management
Integrated systems
Medical services
Military budgets
Military medicine
Military personnel
Tricare
United states government


 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
96 - Business & Economics
57E - Clinical Medicine
44 - Health Care
Corporate Author Congressional Budget Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1411
Contract Number N/A

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