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Military, Veterans & Private Health

Please describe some major differences in health policy between the Military Health System, the Veterans Health Administration, and the private sector. Give an example of how policies in one system might influence policy making in another system. What are some criteria for answering the question, "is the issue significant enough to spend political resources?"

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1. Please describe some major differences in health policy between the Military Health System, the Veterans Health Administration, and the private sector.

Just to get an idea about the U.S. Health Care system and the allocation of funds: The U.S. health insurance system has both a private (mainly employer-financed) and public component. For example, 70.1 % of population is covered by a private insurance plan; 61.4 % of population is covered by an employer-sponsored private plan; 24.8 % is covered by a government insurance plan; 13.2 % is covered by Medicare; 10.8 % is covered by Medicaid; and 3.2 % is covered by military health insurance. 16.1 % of the population had no health insurance in 1997 http://www.reformmonitor.org/index.php3?content=docview,910.

DIFFERENCES IN HEALTH POLICIES: MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEMS, VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR:

- One of the major differences between the Military and the Veteran Health Care policies is in reference to duty status (i.e., active duty, reserve, guard, veteran, retiree, spouse and family). Each category has different coverage and different benefits.

- For example, the Veteran's Health Administration is different from the Military Health System according to the benefit type. The Veterans loose some of their health benefits when NOT in active duty (i.e., Deers), but also gain additional Veteran's benefits (i.e., blindness, rehabilitation, etc.) (For full coverage of benefits visit http://www1.va.gov/Health_Benefits/).

- Policies also differ, as each is linked to a health benefit. For example, one policy might look something to the effect: to provide blindness rehabilitation to Veterans for an extended period of time, and which is covered ...

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This solution describes some major differences in health policy between the Military Health System, the Veterans Health Administration, and the private sector. It gives an example of how policies in one system might influence policy making in another system. Finally, it discusses some criteria for answering the question, "is the issue significant enough to spend political resources?" This solution is 1165 words.

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