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Capitol Health Call
August 9, 2016

Military Hospitals Work to Improve Care of Women and Newborns

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JAMA. 2016;316(6):575. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.10617

Nearly all of the domestic hospitals in the Department of Defense’s Military Health System (MHS) offer general women’s health care services, but fewer offer more specialized care, such as treatment for gynecological cancers, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (http://1.usa.gov/293FzLx).

Women composed nearly half of the 7 million adults eligible for care from the MHS at the end of fiscal year 2014, according to the GAO. A provision in the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 called for the GAO to conduct the study of the availability of women’s health care services at military hospitals as well as the measurement and monitoring of their quality.