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Capitol Health Call
July 10, 2013

Joint Bidding by the Armed Forces May Reduce Health Care Costs

JAMA. 2013;310(2):133. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.8478

The Department of Defense could reduce costs when contracting for health care professionals if it would consolidate its purchasing policies, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported.

The report (http://tinyurl.com/kbozfnh), prepared for the leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services committees and released May 28, noted that the defense department operates a health care system employing more than 150 000 military, civil, and contract personnel working in military treatment facilities. But the Army, Navy, and Air Force each operates their own facilities and they usually contract separately for health care professionals to supplement care provided within these facilities. In fiscal year 2011, these contracts totaled $1.14 billion and covered work by more than 11 000 contract health care professionals at 114 on-base military treatment facilities.

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