BETRAYAL OF VETERANS
DEAR MR PRESIDENT, MR VICE PRESIDENT, AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS,
Will you please insist on a GAO audit of the Department of Defense's
Tricare Healthcare Delivery System?
Recent testimony by the respective military Surgeon Generals has shown
vast amounts of taxpayers money being shifted from direct patient care
to civilian Tricare Contracors.
Competition for dollars between base facilities and TRICARE networks in
the wake of recently renegotiated contracts between the Pentagon and the
five large health management corporations that service those contracts
raised the predicted shortfall in military health care budgets for 2002
to 2007 from $6 billion to $20 billion.''
Of a $1.3 billion emergency supplement approved last year that had
earmarked $696 million for the direct care system and $616 million for
TRICARE contracts, due to rising TRICARE contract costs, most of the
$696 million intended for direct care went to TRICARE contractors.
>From what remained, of the $1.3 billion supplemental, Navy medicine got
$52 million, the Army $58 million and the Air Force $38 million.
This is outrageous and needs your immediate attention as our elected
official who safeguards the money we send through income tax, to you,
as a member of Congress to be spent wisely and prudently.
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Bruce "Doc". Melson