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DOD Watchdog Report Warns of Issues Across Military Health Care System

December 7, 2023

Geoff Ziezulewicz

Military Times

A new Defense Department watchdog report is warning about military health care problems across the services. (DOD)

By Geoff Ziezulewicz, Military Times / December 6, 2023

A new Defense Department watchdog report raises troubling red flags about the state of military health care for the 9.6 million uniformed and civilian employees, contractors, veterans and family members who depend on the system.

Beneficiaries around the globe are grappling with provider shortages, subpar network options and long wait times, the Pentagon inspector general said in the Nov. 29 report. The publication compiled trends that watchdogs in each military branch have uncovered in recent years.

Chief among the issues is the challenges troops and their families face when trying to access health care at military treatment facilities in the United States and overseas.

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