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Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) discusses Congress’s role in the oversight of military healthcare, and what progress he wants to see from medical center consolidation.

The military is in the process of overhauling their medical system. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) told Government Matters that the consolidation of military health centers is a good thing overall.


“If you have an Air Force base next to another base, why do you need two hospitals? You really don’t. The stateside kind of facilities can all be joined, but somewhere within there you need to have all of the personnel trained and ready to go as a combat support hospital.” Wenstrup said. “This is a hospital that you can pick up and you move it. You move your container, your lab, your OR, you need to be trained and ready to do that. Maybe within one of these joint hospitals you have enough personnel to do the Army mission. In another one, you have enough personnel to do that Air Force mission. That may be a way to distribute it but be able to provide both.”

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