The Pentagon’s budget request released Monday included provisions to reduce uniformed medical providers at military hospitals and clinics, as well as sending non-uniformed beneficiaries to go off-base for healthcare to civilian or contractor providers, reported Military.com.

The reform also stipulated that non-uniformed family members, retirees and their family members may continue to receive care at military hospitals, but will instead be treated by civilian staff and contractors. The decision by Defense Health Agency officials is to create a military health care system that is a feasible size to support operational medicine.

“It is estimated that approximately 200,000 Military Health System beneficiaries who receive care at the MTFs identified for reduction in operations will transition to civilian providers” in the Tricare network, Military.com reported.

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