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1977_0916_davis_da_01 - ': Options Proposed In Post's Medical Cutback...
': Options Proposed In Post's Medical Cutback Lance Denies be outgunned" about Ihe a By MARK KINGSOLVER OfThr Constitution Staff E STABLISHMENT of a v o l u n t e e r program for counseling on government health insurance and increased military- scholarships to medical schools were among the recommendations considered today by the Fort Sill Retiree council a.s it struggled w i t h the plight of local retirees facing cutbacks in post medical care. The counsel -- consisting of ten officer and ten enlisted retirees -- met for 2 1 A hours this morning in a semiannual meeting before going i n t o a closed business session. They are expected to finalize rec- ommendations ( h i s a f t e r n o o n i h a t w i l l be forwarded to the N a t i o n a l Retiree Council in W a s h i n g t o n . D.C. The council discussed several recommendations w i t h Col. T.C. B i r k . Reynolds Army H o s p i t a l commander. ('apt. Donald A. Davis. Oklahoma C i t y , a member of both the local and national reliree councils recommended that retirees and veterans with expertise in the regulations of various government health care programs be enlisted to counsel retirees. The counseling office, Davis and Birk each suggested, could i n f o r m retirees of their a l t e r n a t i v e s in seeking h e a l t h care. Davis also suggested t h a i local retirees organize to push for more government' scholarships to medical s t u dents with committments to service attached, be made so t h a t a s u p p l y of medical doctors can be assured. But the major portion of the meeting was dedicated to the concerns of military retirees about their medical care. Among the concerns aired were: -- The length of time required to receive payment from CHAMPUS. the military health i n s u r a n c e plan used by many retirees. -- The uncertainty by the p r i v a t e physician and the patient as to w h a t w i l l be paid by CHAMPUS. -- Availability of medical records patients now going to private physicians. Col. Birk said the records be made available upon request by patient and his doctor. -- And a fear t h a i doctors w i available. A list of recommendations were adopted Thursday night by The Retired Officers Association d u r i n g a meeting. Among the recommendations w e r -- CHAMPUS be reformed to include 9fllh percent of costs r a t h e r t - That the CHAMPUS section be Sec C U T B A C K , Page 4A

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  1. The Lawton Constitution,
  2. 16 Sep 1977, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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