Just what I want to pay for. Heaven help us if there is another Pres. Clinton.bogatyr said:
island doc said:Just what I want to pay for. Heaven help us if there is another Pres. Clinton.
We'll all agree zillion dollar boondoggles are just that. We should be concerned about the weapon systems that aren't.R-Me-Doc said:Hmmm, medical care instead of zillion dollar weapons boondoggles? And the problem with that is . . . what?
I have mixed personal opinions on this development, which I'll keep to myself.bogatyr said:
When I was active duty, being C-1/T-1 status was a BIG deal. Everyone had to meet this status...meaning your immunizations, health status, training status, etc....was up to date, so that you are ready to Deploy.trinityalumnus said:During the mobilization for Desert Storm they discovered an unsettling percentage of reservists were not deployable. For the current operation in Iraq those numbers were lower, but still noticeable.
As a family doc USAF, I personally saw many reservist that were called up and in such POOR, POOR,POOR physical condition,that had no choice but to NOT deploy them. Many obese, hep C positive, diabetics (all new dx) severe htn etc.trinityalumnus said:I have mixed personal opinions on this development, which I'll keep to myself.
I want to share with you my "official" perspective on why this legislation was passed.
I'm the Officer in Charge of a 40 man reserve hospital unit. At my reserve center are four other types of units, for a total of ~250 reservists.
A rather large percentage of the reservists do NOT have any sort of health insurance for a variety of reasons, yet they're expected by the military to maintain the same state of health readiness as the active duty troops (who have comprehensive carte blanche medical care).
Recognizing this catch-22, Congress sent out trial balloons and surveys, and discovered the overall health status and readiness of reservists could be greatly improved if Uncle Sam helped with that process a la Tricare.
While at first glance this may appear to be a lard-laden Christmas present to reservists, there are legitimate reasons behind it. During the mobilization for Desert Storm they discovered an unsettling percentage of reservists were not deployable. For the current operation in Iraq those numbers were lower, but still noticeable.
USAFGMODOC said:Many of the reservists I've seen in the last 2 yrs fit into the "non-deployable" category... It seems to me that if you are deemed non-deployable due to medical reasons, these people should be looked at with more than a cursory paper exam and if they aren't going to ever be fit, they should be unable to continue service. Look, reservists not having health care is not the responsibility of Uncle Sam... Sounds cruel, but if we can't use you to deploy and you are medically broken, you should not be able to continue service.
I've also had diabetics, chronic opiod dependent pain patients and many with such bad dental problems that I even wonder how they still have any teeth...
It is sad, but these people take the paycheck and unfortunately can't "fill" the need for deployments and this puts additional strain on everyone who has to take up the slack and deploy longer/second third time and all.
Now giving the medical benefits to them prior to deploying will not be sufficient enough time to "fix" many of these chronic conditions... I sometimes just don't get the decisions made by the powers that be!