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Idea Raised to Combine Defense, Veterans Affairs Health Systems

healthcare systemSome Military Retirement and Compensation Modernization Commission have discussed an idea consolidate healthcare systems of the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Military Times reported Thursday.

Patricia Kime writes the unified health system concept was introduced at the MRCMC’s public hearing Monday at Fort Belvoir, Va., where various veterans service organizations discussed issues raised by injured warfighters.

Those concerns entailed the VA and DoD’s integrated disability system and the statuses of active duty members and veterans, according to the report.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Jack Hammond, executive director for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, suggested at the hearing that private sector care be incorporated to the planned healthcare system, according to the report.

Charities could also participate, he added.

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