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This is the Military Health System

This is the Military Health System


(gunfire and explosions) On the battlefield,
every second counts. OFF SCREEN MEDIC: “Need
more people for litter-bearers.” Here is where the Military
Health System comes together to make the difference
between life and death. This is where military
medicine begins. In a single decade, from
some of the most austere places on earth, we have
built a lifeline that stretches thousands of
miles – a lifeline that moves ill and injured service members
from the point of injury to combat hospitals, en route
back home to the United States. MEDIC: “Blood pressure
is 91 over 55.” Every step of the way, we
deliver critical care. This remarkable health system
of Army, Navy and Air Force medical personnel cares
for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen
and all who come in harm’s way. SURGEON: “What we are doing
today is digital subtraction angiography to evaluate
the blood supply.” It’s joint, it’s integrated,
it’s impressive and produced the
highest survival rates in the history of
warfare. But this is just one part of the
Military Health System. (music) The Military Health
System is also a health delivery system – 57
hospitals, over 400 clinics around the globe. More than
9 million Americans who are military members, their
families and retirees count on us,
and we deliver. “Oh.” (laughter) (crying newborn) Each year, over 50 thousand
babies, over 50 million prescriptions filled,
rehabilitation, recovery. (music) The Military Health System
is also a medical education system.
Each year, the Uniformed Services
University produces over 300 military physicians and
specialized medical leaders. And, our medical education
and training campus turns out over 26 thousand
medical enlisted personnel from every
branch of service. We’re also an integrated
health care plan with a global network of care.
We partner with civilian doctors and hospitals to
deliver the promise we make to those who serve
and their families. The Military Health System
is also a public health system. Our military
medical labs around the world conduct surveillance
to detect and stop the spread of disease and to
ensure the safety of the environment. The Military
Health System is a national leader in medical
research, collaborating with science and academia, bringing
lifesaving products to the battlefield and
to every American. “Eyes blink,
pupils dilate.” Simulated patients;
life-saving blood clotting products; mind-controlled
prosthetics; new vaccines; Laboratory-grown skin;
arm transplants… “It’s like I went back four
years and I’m me again.” Our research improves
health, speeds recovery,
 transforms the
practice of medicine. NEWSCASTER: “The
massive earthquake and tsunami
that rocked Japan…” And, we are a global force
for good, responding to disasters and
humanitarian crises whenever we are
called, and building capabilities in our
partner nations. Floating hospitals,
medical supplies, transport. It’s joint, it’s integrated,
it’s impressive. We’re like no other
health system in the world, and we’re
increasing our engagement with federal
health partners, including the Department of Veterans
Affairs, bringing Army, Navy and Air Force medical
capabilities together. This remarkable system
exists for a primary mission: To ensure every
service member, whether active or
reserve, is ready. “Ready, exercise!” A system focused on health,
more than health care. (children calling
out in unison) A medical force ready to
respond, ready to repair both the visible and the
invisible wounds of war. A unifying mission, personal
courage and selfless sacrifice. Integrated care,
world-class results. It’s joint, it’s integrated,
it’s impressive. We even make
house calls, anywhere, anytime,
like no one else. This is the Military
Health System.


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