Military Health Care Policy: The Success of Military Health Care

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The Department of Defense has the responsibility to manage one of the United State’s largest health care systems, the Military Health System. The Military Health System operates under the mission to enhance the health of the service men and women, while maintaining a high quality, effective benefit to those who qualify for care (Brown et al, 2009). Military Health Systems cover the health care needs of over nine million service men and women and their dependents, through a vast array of military and civilian facilities. The Military Health Services offers three health care benefits to those who are entitles to benefits based on their current military standing: TRICARE (Brown et al, 2009). TRICARE health plans are the replacement for …show more content…
This model led the military to start its own managed care network: TRICARE. TRICARE was named after the three military sectors that were benefiting from its care, the Navy, Air Force, and Army; the name also represents the three managed care options the beneficiaries could choose from (Kongstvedt, 2007). The three options beneficiaries could and can choose from are: TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Extra, and TRICARE Standard. Throughout this “change” process, TRICARE was able to adapt a number of thriving attributes from civilian managed care; such as, enrollment of beneficiaries, utilization management, budgeting, and primary care managers (Kongstvedt, 2007). Like civilian managed care, eligibility is still considered with TRICARE. The health care was provided to uniformed service men and women, retired veterans, and their families. In order to be considered for the health care option, beneficiaries must be registered within the Defense Department’s database (Kongstvedt, 2007). The military was able to spot differences in the way their benefits differed from those offered to civilians and were able to change in order to provide better care for the service men and women of the United States. When qualified enrollees enlist in the military’s TRICARE health system they are given a choice of which program they feel best fits their health care needs. The enrollee’s are given a choice of three different programs, Standard,

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