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Families With TRICARE Report Lower Health Care Quality And Access Compared To Other Insured And Uninsured Families : Health Affairs , August , 2019

August 2019

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From the abstract: "Children in military families, who receive health insurancethrough the TRICARE program, face barriers to care such as frequentrelocations, unique behavioral health needs, increased complex healthcare needs, and lack of accessible specialty care. How TRICARE-insuredfamilies perceive health care access and quality for their childrencompared to their civilian peers’perceptions remains unknown. Usingdata from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, we found that TRICARE-insured families were less likely to report accessible or responsive carecompared to civilian peers, whether commercially or publicly insured oruninsured. Military families whose children had complex health orbehavioral health care needs reported worse health care access andquality than similar nonmilitary families. Addressing these gaps mayrequire military leaders to examine barriers to achieving acceptablehealth care access across military treatment facilities and off-basenonmilitary specialty providers, particularly for children with complexhealth or behavioral health needs."



Seshadri, Roopa, Strane, Douglas , Matone, Meredith, Ruedisueli, Karen, Rubin, David M.


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