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Military Health System Seeks Feedback

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2008 – Military Health System officials want wounded, ill or injured servicemembers and their families to respond to a new pair of questionnaires designed to help them better understand the needs and expectations of the warriors in their care.

The questionnaires -- one for wounded, ill or injured servicemembers and one for their family members -- are available on the Military Health System Web site and will remain open for completion until Oct. 15. Both questionnaires ask for feedback concerning a servicemember's experience and satisfaction with the care he or she has received since becoming wounded, ill or injured.

To encourage honest and specific answers that will lead to positive changes in how the MHS handles care for wounded, ill or injured servicemembers, officials said, all questionnaire responses are anonymous. Questionnaire results and analysis should be available on the Military Health System Web site in November.

These questionnaires are part of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' commitment to supporting wounded, ill and injured servicemembers and ensuring that their care is DoD's top priority, officials said.

The online questionnaires are available at http://www.health.mil/Pages/Page.aspx?ID=18.

The Military Health System is a worldwide partnership of medical educators, medical researchers, and health care providers and their support personnel. The DoD enterprise consists of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; the medical departments of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Joint Chiefs of Staff; the combatant command surgeons; and Tricare providers, including private-sector health care providers, hospitals and pharmacies.

(From a Military Health System news release.)

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