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Lack of civilian health care in Japan causing ‘serious and negative impacts,’ lawmakers say

April 1, 2024

Alex Wilson

Stars and Stripes

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., visits Hanscom Air Force Base outside Boston, Aug. 3, 2023. (Todd Maki/U.S. Air Force)

By Alex Wilson, Stars and Stripes / April 1, 2024

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Two U.S. senators and a representative remain concerned about gaps in health care access for Defense Department civilians in Japan, they said in a recent letter to the Defense Health Agency.

Strategies to improve DOD civilian health care, staffing issues at military medical facilities and wait times are among questions raised by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, in their March 20 letter to DHA.

“We write in regard to my ongoing concerns that Department of Defense (DoD) civilians and contractors in Japan continue to face problems with access to medical care and that this problem is impacting morale and retention,” the letter states.

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