Understanding the Organization of Military Medical Services Across the World

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


The provision of healthcare for military service-members is an internationally recognized duty for any state. Different nations have chosen to provide this care through a variety of systems, each developed based on their respective laws, traditions, resources, and political structures. Consequently, the systems are diverse in their hierarchical arrangements, beneficiaries served, garrison health system, operational capabilities, and relationships with the wider civilian healthcare economy. While national civilian health systems have been compared through numerous databases, similar comparisons have not been extensively undertaken for military health systems. Currently, the most comprehensive platform to document these features of international military healthcare systems is the ALMANAC Military Medical Corps Worldwide online. This presentation shares the results of a project that has, for the first time, analyzed the data provided on this site to draw comparisons and conclusions about the ways in which nations organize the military medical services. The 142 profiles from 132 countries were systematically reviewed and their content was documented in a way that enabled comparisons to be drawn. This information can be used to inform the evolution of military medical services within and between nations. It will also assist in supporting global health engagement missions with international partner nations.
Period7 Dec 2020
Held atAMSUS, United States
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • military medicine