Summary: H.R.13437 — 95th Congress (1977-1978)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.13437. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (07/12/1978)

Military Health Care System Reform Act - Directs the Secretary of Defense to appoint regional civilian military health care administrators to coordinate budgeting, planning, and the allocation of health care resources.

Provides for the enrollment of active duty personnel, former members of the military, and military dependents in the military health care system for the provision of medical and dental care. States that enrolled persons shall not be denied or limited in the care provided by reason of the capability of the medical or dental staffs of major military helath care facilities. Provides for the supply of identification cards to enrolled persons.

Requires major military health care facilities to establish programs to provide services to enrolled persons. Establishes budgeting requirements for such programs.

Directs the Secretary of Defense to take steps to maximize training and use of physician assistance, nurse practitioners, and similar practioners at military health care facilities.

Authorizes private physicians to provide medical and dental care at such facilities. Prescribes procedures for processing contract claims for services by private physicians.

Entitles military medical personnel to a special performance incentive payment if fiscal year facility expenses are below budgeted expenditures. Prescribes performance standards to be used in determining the amount of such special pay.

Requires the Secretary to provide for recovery of payments from health care insurers, employers, or other entities contractually or legally obligated to make payment for the provision of such care to enrolled individuals.