Pentagon: 200,000 non-uniformed patients will be moved from military clinics to private medical facilities

Pfc. Jaritt Louthan, a medical lab technician, works with freeze-dried plasma at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Defense Department announced on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, that of the 50 facilities designated for some level of restructuring, 37 outpatient clinics now open to all beneficiaries will eventually see primarily active-duty personnel. BRIAN MICHELICHE/U.S. ARMY
Pfc. Jaritt Louthan, a medical lab technician, works with freeze-dried plasma at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Defense Department announced on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, that of the 50 facilities designated for some level of restructuring, 37 outpatient clinics now open to all beneficiaries will eventually see primarily active-duty personnel. BRIAN MICHELICHE/U.S. ARMY

Pentagon: 200,000 non-uniformed patients will be moved from military clinics to private medical facilities

by Steve Beynon
Stripes OkinawaStars

WASHINGTON — Thousands of military family members and retirees will soon receive medical care at off-base facilities as the Defense Department implements a new plan to use some of its health care centers to serve troops exclusively.

The move to have roughly 200,000 beneficiaries across 50 military medical facilities – mostly family members and retirees – receive health care at private-sector hospitals is part of a Defense Department effort to save money, Thomas McCaffery, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said Wednesday.

More than 9.5 million active-duty personnel, military retirees and their families use medical services provided at bases throughout the country, according to the Military Health Agency.

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