No Uniformity in Health Care for Wounded Warriors

The Army, for example, requires the soldier to have had a medical condition “that demanded at least six months of complex medical management,” while the Marine Corps standard was that the individual had “to have medical conditions that demanded treatment for more than 90 days.”

The Air Force requires an injury or illness that is combat ― or hostilities ― related, requiring an unspecified amount of long-term care and a medical evaluation board or physical evaluation board to determine fitness for duty. The Navy has a similar standard. (Walter Pincus)

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  1. Matthew says:

    Lack of uniformity in health care for wounded veterans not only fails in achieving efficiencies, but is failing our soldiers as well.

    • Buddy says:

      With the sacrifices that our soldiers make and with little compensation for their duty, it should be made a top priority for them to receive quality and consistent health care.

      • Thomas says:

        “Jointly implementing just the facility planning through shared services could potentially save $1.1 billion over six years”

        This should be enough incentive for policy makers alone.

      • Raphel says:

        If anyone was going to get the short end of the stick, for it to be our soldiers is a shame.

  2. Bill B. says:

    The vast differences of how long the soldier had to have the medical condition between the Army, Marines and Air Force makes little sense. Why would they have different guidelines?

  3. James M. says:

    “the Army’s threshold for monitoring an individual was someone taking “four medications when one is a controlled substance”

    This could lead to addiction issues which is not uncommon among returning soldiers.

  4. Linda Gorman says:

    Why is uniformity necessarily desirable?

  5. Linda says:

    Well, as long as these soldiers have comprehensive and functional healthcare, non-uniformity is acceptable.

  6. Trent says:

    Every branch should be equal. Their pay is so why shouldn’t healthcare?

  7. John R. Graham says:

    Obamacare assumes that the federal government can standardize care across the entire nation, for every resident.

    Yet the federal government cannot standardize care across the different armed services.

    It is a fantasy to assume that these complex systems can be standardized.