Study Finds Care At Military Hospitals Worse Than Expected

June 30, 2014 | Category: News

This is big! New York Times; "above the fold" on the front page. Study reports what we already knew. Health care served up by the Army, Navy, and Air Force hospitals can cost someone their life! According to the New York Times' Sunday Edition, June 27, 2014:

"Half of the military's largest hospitals performed worse than established benchmarks in categories such as infections or improperly done procedures, according to a review from the American College of Surgeons."

The American College of Surgeons found that four hospitals had particularly high rates of errors: Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, N.C.; Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash.; San Antonio Army Medical Center in Texas; and Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia.

The cost to the government for this negligent medical care is huge! The New York Times reports that:

"Malpractice suits can also be a rough indicator of risk. From 2006 to 2010, the government paid an annual average of more than $100 million in military malpractice claims from surgical, maternity and neonatal care, records show. It would be paying far more if not for one salient reality of military health care: Active-duty service members are required to use military hospitals and clinics, but unlike the other patients, they may not sue. If they could, the Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2010, the military's paid claims would triple."