Due to the lack of oversight of medical professionals in the Defense Department, military patients are being put in real danger. This comes from inside information brought to light by a watchdog that had access to highly illuminating inside information on the way military medicine is being run that should be of interest to everyone in California.
The watchdog bringing forth the information is the Government Accountability Office, which is an independent organization that’s funded by taxpayer dollars. After only reviewing four military medical facilities, the GAO reported that administrators weren’t properly verifying doctors’ medical licenses before letting them to go into practice – treating and diagnosing military patients.
Military healthcare versus civilian healthcare
In 2019, the Sgt. First Class Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act was passed. This was included in the defense budget and meant as a way for claims of medical malpractice to be filed against the DoD.
And yet, the very individual who this act was named after has yet to receive any form of compensation for the military medical malpractice that he was subjected to. Sgt. First Class Richard Stayskal, who was formerly of the Army Special Operations, was living with lung cancer that wasn’t caught by any of the military physicians that he saw. But when he saw his regular family physician, his condition was finally spotted – but at a much later stage.
This is just one example of the plethora of other clear indications that the current health system that the military has in place is nowhere near where it needs to be. This news comes in spite of the fact that a review conducted in 2014 brought back the findings that the health system in the military was more or less the same as the care that civilians receive.