A Framework for Analyzing Military Medical Systems

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


While national civilian healthcare systems have been systematically documented and compared by organizations like the World Health Organization and the Commonwealth Foundation, no such analysis has been extensively done for military health systems. Civilian comparisons are done using information like healthcare access, spending demographics, mortality rates, and infection rates, but those categories alone do not fully characterize the unique features of military health systems. Information on certain unique qualities- such as military medical training centers, combat-related research, chain of command structures, civil-military collaborations, and deployable medical resources- should be incorporated. These features are arguably what defines a military health system as independent from any other healthcare capabilities offered by a nation. This lecture shares conclusions about the ideal framework for comparing military health systems based on an analysis of information found in the ALMANAC Military Medical Corps Worldwide online, the most comprehensive platform to document international military medical system data. This framework will help overcome certain shortcomings that exist in the current data featured on the Almanac, enabling more accurate comparisons between systems to be drawn. This revised framework, when implemented and utilized for data collection, will support greater collaboration between militaries in the global health space and guide internal reform efforts for nations seeking to improve their military health systems.
Period7 Dec 2020
Held atAMSUS, United States
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • military medicine