Spiraling health costs threaten our nation's ability to compete in a global economy. But the U.S. military has unique resources that show the way to a sustained health benefit. To get there, we must abandon our current model-which mirrors the failing civilian system.
Civilians ask the health sector to control costs while providing total customer satisfaction with care on demand. Instead of following suit, the entire military-not just the health system-must reduce demand by addressing beneficiaries before they become patients. In this model ol proactive health, every sector aligns against powerful cultural and market forces to maintain a world-class health benefit.