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 posttraumatic 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.

  • Members of an Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron monitor patients during an aero-medical evacuation mission from Balad Air Base, Iraq, to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, February 25, 2007, photo by MSgt. Scott Reed/U.S. Air Force


    How Military Medical Care Has Evolved

    Nov 11, 2020

    How America cares for its war casualties—those physically or mentally wounded in combat—is a high priority. From the Korean War to recent conflicts in the Middle East, there have been dramatic changes in the care that these casualties receive in the field and in hospitals, in the care given to disabled veterans and their dependents, and in who provides that care.

  • A Special Tactics Airman surveys a target following close air support training during RED FLAG-Alaska 18-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, August 16, 2018, photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch/U.S. Air Force


    Geographic Barriers to Behavioral Health Care May Put Remote Service Members at Risk

    Mar 31, 2021

    Remote service members with PTSD, depression, or substance use disorder face challenges accessing high-quality behavioral health care through the Military Health System. They see primary care and private-sector providers for such care and are less likely to receive psychotherapy.

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