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Opinion: Health Initiatives Can Save Money, Boost Readiness

Dan Glickman
Creating budgets for the Defense Department is always challenging. But determining where to cut and where to spend requires an intense analysis of high-cost line items.

Health costs — Medicare and Medicaid — continue to rise much more rapidly than spending in other sectors. The defense budget is not immune: military health spending has reached $50 billion annually, and is almost 10 percent of the overall defense budget.

This cost of health care for military personnel and their families will continue to rise — just as will costs in the private sector — as rates of dental care, bone injuries, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and behavioral issues also rise unless we do something about it. Read the full story at here. more

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