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Navy’s Surgeon General Reworking Military Medicine

The San Diego Union Tribune reports: Nearly a year into his job as the Navy’s top doc, Vice Adm. C. Forrest Faison III wants to make wide-ranging reforms designed to better heal millions of sailors, Marines, military retirees and their families.”

“The 38th surgeon general of the Navy wants to wage war against complacency on three fronts — making health services more convenient for troops and their families; ensuring positive, ‘friction-less experiences’ with Navy medical providers; and using technology to connect troops with the best physicians.”

“But he doesn’t want his reforms to bear unacceptable costs, like destroying a medical culture that saved 97 percent of America’s wounded service members during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — the highest survival rate in military history — or adopt private-sector practices that won’t work in a military constantly churning with new recruits coming aboard and veterans returning to their hometowns.”

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