Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday ordered sweeping changes to the military healthcare system after a review found problems at some facilities.
Saying "we can do better," Hagel ordered facilities identified as having problems to submit plans within 45 days on how those problems would be fixed and said the Pentagon would create unified standards for care and a systemwide process to manage performance. He also ordered that all currently available data on military healthcare be made public.
Though the review found that military healthcare was generally comparable to average quality private care, Hagel noted that "we must hold the entire military health system to the same exacting standards that we demand of combat missions.
"These steps are the beginning, not the end of our efforts to improve the military healthcare system," Hagel said.