Report sparks push to improve military children’s health care

The Defense Health Agency says it has embraced and begun to adopt a host of recommendations to improve health care services for military children.

The recommendations come from independent medical experts on the Defense Health Board, a federal advisory panel serving the Secretary of Defense. Most recently, it spent almost two years studying how effectively health care is delivered and tracked for 2.7 million children of America’s armed forces.

The board found weaknesses: inconsistent and incomplete data collection on pediatric services; unused tools to track patient satisfaction; uneven access to medical and behavioral care based on family assignment; difficulty coordinating care for complex pediatric medical needs across a complex health system, and a need for that system to show greater flexibility as it continues to apply Medicare guidelines to the delivery of health benefits for children.

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