A healthy population is a national resource that contributes to the overall productivity of the American economy. Health care is part of the service sector and an instrument of national power--a fundamental support of the national security strategy for the citizens and the Armed Forces. The challenges facing the health care industry in the public and defense sectors are congruent. Access to affordable, quality care is fundamental to any health care delivery system. In this era of constrained and competing resources, the need arises for a general public policy debate about the future of health care and the possibility for, and direction of, a gradual, but comprehensive reform. The greatest challenge to military medical capability is maintaining the resources, structure, modernization, and sustainability of medical assets, including the right people, training, and equipment. But an even greater challenge to the industry is to remember that the patient and human need are its "raison d'etre."
ICAF Industry Studies 1997