Decentralization of medical care in the UK

The New York Times ran a story about decentralization of medical care in the UK. What if "military medical system" was substituted for NHS in the story?

Practical details of the plan are still sketchy. But its aim is clear: to shift control of England’s $160 billion annual health budget from a centralized bureaucracy to doctors at the local level.

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Marine suicide rates rise despite vigorous suicide prevention efforts

The San Diego Union-Tribune is running a story by Gretel Kovach about increasing rates of suicide in the Marine Corps. The piece claims the Marine Corps reported the highest suicide rate among the armed forces for 2009. It goes on to describe Navy Medicine's efforts to try to address the problem:

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Wounded warrior chief sacked for allegations of warehousing

Navy Times is reporting that the Defense Undersecretary for wounded warrior care and transition policy was sacked.

Koch said he believes the decision was unjust and that he resigned “under duress” after Stanley told him he had no confidence in him. The Pentagon had no comment.

“No explanation was given, although I pressed for one,” he said. “No prior indication of dissatisfaction with the work of this office was cited.”

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Military Lawyers Saddened about Army Birther Doc

FOXNews has an update on the so-called Army Birther Doc situation. The story appears to speculate that LTCOL Terry Lakin tried to generate a court martial against himself with the intention of forcing Obama to produce his birth certificate. Several prominent attorneys who specialize in military law weigh in, make comparisons to similar failed attempts during the Vietnam War era and opine that birth certificate issue is irrelevant:

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Military Medicine costs exploding

USA Today is featuring an article by Greg Zoroya about the exploding costs of military medicine:

WASHINGTON — Military health care spending is rising twice as fast as the nation's overall health care costs, consuming a larger chunk of the defense budget as the Pentagon struggles to pay for two wars, military budget figures show.

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