Military Health and Health Care


As a large employer in the United States, the Department of Defense faces significant challenges ensuring that all members of the military, as well as their families, receive appropriate health care for everything from general health and well-being to specialized clinical care for deployment related injuries such as amputations, chemically induced illnesses, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Combining its expertise in health and defense policy, RAND examines policy issues surrounding military medical care needs and the systems intended to meet them.

  • A U.S. Air Force Airman places his hand on another Airman's back at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., November 21, 2014, photo by Senior Airman Tabatha Zarrella/U.S. Air Force


    Quality of Mental Health Care Provided by the Military

    Feb 18, 2016

    The military health system performs well in following up with patients after they are discharged from a mental health hospitalization. But some areas of care for PTSD and depression need improvement. For example, although most patients received at least one psychotherapy visit, the number and timing of subsequent visits may be inadequate.

  • A young man in a wheelchair, photo by Peter Atkins/Fotolia


    Balancing Demand and Supply for Veterans' Health Care

    Feb 4, 2016

    What are veterans' demographics and health care needs and how might these evolve? What resources and capacity to deliver health care does the Department of Veterans Affairs have and how might this impact veterans' access? What should policymakers consider when examining changes to VA's use of purchased care?

Explore Military Health and Health Care