[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
December 18, 1991

Be All You Can Be Without DRG

Author Affiliations

Jackson, Mich

Jackson, Mich

JAMA. 1991;266(23):3285. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470230043022

To the Editor.  —In the September 18 issue is a full-page advertisement for the US Army.1 In it, an army physician extolls the virtues of army medicine. At the end is the following quote:What I like best is knowing I'm not restricted by DRGs [diagnosis related groups]. I have the relative freedom to order whatever test or procedure I think a patient needs. That's a real medical benefit.Why is it that I'm restricted and yet a US government employee is not, especially since he considers it a real medical benefit to not be so restricted?