Military personnel health
The Department of Defense (DOD) maintains our Military Health System (MHS) which provides healthcare services to 8.3 million active and retired military personnel. This system is completely separate from our Veterans Administration. The primary objective of the MHS is to maintain the health of servicemembers so that they can carry out their military missions. This involves the medical testing and screening of recruits, emergency medical treatment of combat troops, and the maintenance of physical standards of those in the armed services. These healthcare services are provided at 530 Army, Navy and Air Force hospitals, clinics, ships and other facilities worldwide. However, much like the overcrowded VA, our Military Health facilities cannot accommodate the demand for care by all active duty service people, their dependents and retirees (many of whom are not eligible for VA services). Therefore, the DOD offers an insurance plan called the TRICARE system for those who cannot get care at military health hospitals or clinics. TRICARE contracts civilian healthcare providers to treat active-duty service members, retirees and their families. It provides these servicemembers with government-subsidized private medical and dental care as well as mental health services. TRICARE’s beneficiaries include members of our Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and select National Reserve and Guard members.

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