Military health-care reform leaves wounded warriors entangled in more red tape?

~ The Rebel ~ 2011/11/28 18:14:13

Reforms meant to streamline military health care for severely wounded service members have in many cases worsened the bureaucracy, causing duplication, confusion and turf battles, according to families, congressional overseers and advocates for veterans.

After reports that troops recovering from catastrophic wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other facilities were getting lost in the military’s system, a high-profile commission recommended in 2007 that every severely wounded service member be assigned a federal recovery coordinator. This “single point of contact” was to cut red tape and shepherd the wounded through recovery and the transition back to military duty or civilian life.

But at least a dozen Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs programs have sprung up to coordinate the care.

The proliferation of programs and case managers, intended to better manage health care, “may actually have the opposite effect,” Debra Draper, health-care director for the Government Accountability Office, told a congressional committee last month.

A Rand Corp. study released last week found more than 200 programs sponsored or funded by the Defense Department to help troops with psychological health and traumatic brain injury, leading to significant duplication within and across branches of service.

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  • sglmom 2011/12/12 08:30:48
    TRUTH here ..
    Each of these programs is tinkered with extensively by the Politicos each and every year .. nickled and dimed to death .. and the rules/regulations .. the amounts of reimbursements and the types of care .. are all based on the antics of what is done in the Legislation overall ..
    There's so many rules .. so many changes .. that it is difficult to keep up with it all .. and getting through the morass of these is (at best) frustrating and time consuming ..
    I've had to pay out of pocket costs that would raise the eyebrows of those who are unaware of what TriCare is about .. all because I knew I needed the care .. and I also know that I must pay for that care even if the TriCare denies the coverage ..
  • Soup Man 2011/11/29 00:29:33
    Soup Man
    And these are the same F-N people who wont to run your healthcare
  • wicked soda boy 2011/11/28 19:58:11 (edited)
    wicked soda boy
    I believe this is what is meant by the military term "SNAFU". Government good intentions aren't always well designed to accomplish their intented result. There are too often unintended consequences.
  • BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2011/11/28 19:28:19
    We have the same,victims of war , politicians and civil servants,just to rub their noses in it
  • Demonic Rat Hunter 2011/11/28 18:52:21
    Demonic Rat Hunter
    Whether it's VA or Tricare it leaves much to be desired espescially since it comes no where near the promise made esp. when wages were crap and the dangers still real.

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