Service Members Deserve Better Health Care Options

Service Members Deserve Better Health Care Options

Service Members Deserve Better Health Care Options

In 2014, the four year old daughter of a serviceman stationed in Iraq nearly drowned in her family pool. She spent three and a half minutes under water before her mother found her and called an ambulance. After arriving at the hospital on the military post, the doctors realized the little girl needed to be air lifted to the nearest trauma center in Dallas, Texas, where she stayed for the next six weeks. A traumatic event for any family, but the distressed parents were in for another nasty shock – the trauma center didn’t take Tricare Prime, the managed care option of the military health insurance program run by the Department of Defense.

Formerly known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS), Tricare provides civilian health benefits for over 4.8 million Active Duty military personnel, military retirees, and their dependents, including some members of the Reserve Component. The program is plagued by many problems, including questionable quality of care, high costs, and a woeful lack of providers willing to take Tricare patients. According to a 2014 report on Tricare by the National Center for Policy Analysis, only 58 percent of civilian providers accepted new Tricare patients between 2008 and 2011.

 

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