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  • More Than 3 Dozen Military Hospitals to Stop Treating Retirees, Families, Memo Shows

    https://www.military.com/daily-news/...emo-shows.html
    "Ask not what your country can do for you"

    Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

    you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

  • #2
    Unfortunately, this is nothing new. The military hospitals have been easing out retirees for many years now. It's a budget shuffle - the expense gets transferred from the Defense budget to the Tricare/Medicare budget.

    Just one more promise broken.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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    • #3
      So? Tricare is available to all retirees. It's just a budget shuffle. The military is hurting for medical staff as it is, putting the burden of care on the civilian market for retirees is a good thing as the civilian market can handle the load better than the military can.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
        So? Tricare is available to all retirees. It's just a budget shuffle. The military is hurting for medical staff as it is, putting the burden of care on the civilian market for retirees is a good thing as the civilian market can handle the load better than the military can.
        As one of those retirees, I disagree strongly. The Civilian medical system is just as TARFU as the military one and any system driven solely by profit is a disservice to patients.
        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

          As one of those retirees, I disagree strongly. The Civilian medical system is just as TARFU as the military one and any system driven solely by profit is a disservice to patients.
          I too have the option for Tricare. I've stayed with FEHB instead for continuity reasons although I was a bit upset Tricare cancelled dental plans. For retirees who don't live near a base with on base services, Tricare is the only way to go. Eliminating on base treatment is likely going to be a big savings in duplicate programs for the military which is almost certainly why they are doing it. The bottom line always comes first unfortunately-- at least until there's 'real' war to be fought...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post

            I too have the option for Tricare. I've stayed with FEHB instead for continuity reasons although I was a bit upset Tricare cancelled dental plans. For retirees who don't live near a base with on base services, Tricare is the only way to go. Eliminating on base treatment is likely going to be a big savings in duplicate programs for the military which is almost certainly why they are doing it. The bottom line always comes first unfortunately-- at least until there's 'real' war to be fought...
            Overlooking the promises made to soldiers by their government is never a good idea.
            Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

              Overlooking the promises made to soldiers by their government is never a good idea.
              But, it's not like that's new. Remember the "Bonus Army?"

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              • #8
                Add to that they are cutting a mil support program to safe money while we have a budget like from the Cold War days. Stars and Stripes News paper is going into the dust bin. It is one of the most balanced news papers around.
                "Ask not what your country can do for you"

                Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

                you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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                • #9
                  I found a list of those medical facilities:

                  Those slated to take only active-duty patients in the near future and maintain pharmacies for all beneficiaries. Transitioning to outpatient facilities for active duty only as well as occupational health, but preserving the pharmacies:

                  Air Force

                  17th Medical Group, Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, Texas

                  2nd Medical Group, Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier Parish, La.

                  42nd Medical Group, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala.

                  436th Medical Group, Dover Air Force Base, Del.

                  45th Medical Group, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.

                  66th Medical Squadron, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

                  6th Medical Group, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla.

                  78th Medical Group, Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Ga.

                  7th Medical Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Abiline, Texas.

                  87th Medical Group, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

                  Army

                  Army Health Clinic Barquist-Detrick, Frederick, Md.

                  Army Health Clinic Fillmore-New Cumberland, Fairview, Penn.

                  Army Health Clinic Fox-Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.

                  Army Health Clinic Kenner, Fort Lee, Hopewell, Va.

                  Army Health Clinic Kirk, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Md.

                  Army Health Clinic Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.

                  Joel Health Clinic, Fort Bragg, N.C. (currently under Defense Health Agency management)

                  Okubo Soldier Centered Medical Home, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash.

                  Army Health Clinic Southern Command, Fla. (Active duty foreign national military personnel will continue being accepted at the clinic. Their beneficiaries would be seen in the community.)

                  Navy

                  Naval Branch Medical Clinic Earle, Colts Neck, N.J.

                  Naval Branch Health Clinic Albany, Ga. (active duty family members may still be accepted on a space available basis).

                  Naval Branch Health Clinic Dalghren, Va.

                  Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton, Conn.

                  Naval Branch Health Clinic Indian Head, Md.

                  Naval Branch Health Clinic Belle Chasse, La.

                  Naval Branch Health Clinic, Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Tenn.

                  Naval Branch Health Clinic Portsmouth, N.H.

                  Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, Texas.

                  Naval Health Clinic New England, R.I.

                  Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, Md.

                  Other changes

                  633rd Medical Group Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Va., is to transition to an ambulatory .surgery center and outpatient clinic.

                  Army Health Clinic at Fort Eustis, Va., has already started the transition from an ambulatory surgery center to an outpatient facility.

                  Army Health Clinic Monterey, Calif., has transitioned to a primarily active-duty clinic with 96 non-active duty enrollees.

                  Munson Army Health Clinic at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has suspended its surgical capabilities.

                  Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii is being considered for recapitalization following additional market analysis.

                  Farrelly Army Health Clinic at Fort Riley, Kansas has already transitioned to serving only active duty and will remain so.

                  Fort Hood Medical Home, which closed in 2018 will continue serving as a sleep lab for Darnall Army Medical Center, Texas.

                  Naval Branch Medical Clinic Lakehurst, N.J. will become an occupational health, industrial hygiene and preventive medicine facility. Beneficiaries will be shifted to the network or other military facility.

                  San Onofre Marine Corps Branch Health Clinic will continue transitioning to an active duty-only clinic.

                  Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, Fort Meade, Md., will become an outpatient facility for all eligible beneficiaries.

                  Naval Hospital Beaufort, S.C., will become an ambulatory surgery center and outpatient clinic with beds to provide care for recruits outside the recruit recovery unit.

                  Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, N.C. will continue to build its capabilities as the region’s Level II trauma center, taking military and civilian patients.

                  Robinson Army Medical Clinic at Fort Carson, Colo., will continue operating as an active-duty only clinic.

                  Closures

                  The Family Health Clinic in Brandon, Fla., also known as the Sabal Park Clinic, will close after all patients are transferred to Tricare.

                  The North Columbus Community Based Medical Home, Fort Benning, Ga., will close.
                  https://www.militarytimes.com/news/y...eres-the-list/
                  Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post

                    But, it's not like that's new. Remember the "Bonus Army?"
                    I do. I also remember the constant promises made by recruiting and re-enlistment personnel. As you say broken promises to soldiers is nothing new.
                    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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