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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Report: Military hospitals show broad disparities in patient care


A comprehensive review of the military health care system finds that overall, the military health system is functioning on a par with private-sector care, but patients face broad disparities in appointment wait times and quality of care — and have little way of finding out how their Defense Department hospital or clinic measures up regarding safety or potential harm to their health.
The review, ordered in May by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to determine whether the Pentagon provides safe, effective care to active-duty beneficiaries, retirees and family members, found that by and large, the system provides “good quality care that is safe and timely” and is comparable to civilian care.


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