A Conversation with S. Ward Casscells, M.D.: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs U.S. Department of Defense

 

A Conversation with S. Ward Casscells, M.D.: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs U.S. Department of Defense

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 - 9:55
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"We have to reduce the stigma that’s associated with asking for help…. The issue of stigma is important one. If you don’t have people willing to talk about the stress they’re under, then they will function poorly.”

The provision of health services is a critical and significant
mission within each branch of the U.S. military as well as
an integral part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Military

The provision of health services is a critical and significant
mission within each branch of the U.S. military as well as
an integral part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Military
Health System (MHS). The MHS provides comprehensive
medical capability for military operations, national disasters,
and humanitarian crises, and ensures the delivery of healthcare
to all DoD service members. With highly skilled medical
teams operating across combat theaters coupled with a first
rate aeromedical evacuation capabilities, DoD provides its
personnel a level of care unparalleled in the history of military
medicine.

We spoke with Dr. Ward Casscells, Assistant Secretary
of Defense for Health Affairs within U.S. Department of
Defense, about the military health system, its many successes,
and the various challenges it faces as it delivers
vital healthcare services.

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