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To the Editor.—
We wish to report statistical data from the military population of San Antonio, Tex, that support the conclusion of the manpower study group, ie, that there will be a need for an increase in the number of dermatologists if free access to dermatologic care is instituted (Archives 113:903-905, 1977). The military has a free-access health care program not only for its active duty personnel but for those retired and all dependents. San Antonio has a total population eligible for military dermatologic care estimated between 250,000 to 300,000. There are two dermatology clinics, Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, that last year treated a total of 59,000 outpatients. This is a ratio of from 230 to 197 per 1,000 population. This compares to a ratio of 84 per 1,000 for the general population and 193 per 1,000 for civilian prepaid group practices.
Garcia RL, Lewis CW. Dermatology Patient Visits in the Military. Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(2):289. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640140097034