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Defense Health Care: Additional Assessments Needed to Determine Effects of Active Duty Medical Personnel Reductions : Government Accountability Office (GAO) , July , 2023

July 2023

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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From the report: "The Department of Defense (DOD) has not fully or consistently assessed the effects of potential reductions of active duty medical personnel. DOD identified 12,801 military positions to reduce or realign, of which the majority are medical positions. Various medical specialties were selected for reduction, including about 1,000 positions for specialties that are critical for wartime or behavioral health. To mitigate the effect these reductions may have on military medical treatment facilities (MTFs), DOD developed mitigation strategies. These include hiring civilian or contractor replacements, relying on remaining staff to absorb the workload, and sending patients to civilian provider networks under its TRICARE health plan."



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