DOD to review military healthcare system

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week ordered a comprehensive review of the military health system.

According to a Defense Department statement issued May 27, the review—led by Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs—will begin immediately. The review, which DOD said is expected to take 90 days, will focus on access to care and will assess the safety and quality of care in military treatment facilities, as well as health care the department contracts from civilian providers.

"Following the review, the secretary will receive recommendations on areas for improvement with a specific focus on those areas where we are not meeting a nationally defined standard or a DOD policy directed standard," the statement said.

Hagel was slated to meet Wednesday with newly confirmed Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and the service secretaries to discuss the review, DOD said.

The move comes in the wake of the launch of a similar effort to examine access to care at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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