Defense Department plans to reform the U.S. military health system, which costs almost $50 billion annually and is expected to grow to $70 billion by 2028, are at risk unless additional actions are taken by DOD, according to the Government Accountability Office.

In Feb. 26 testimony before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, the GAO's Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Brenda Farrell said that while DOD senior leadership has demonstrated a commitment to reform the military health system and has taken a number of actions to enhance those efforts, "sustained senior leadership attention is needed" to fully develop plans for achieving cost savings.

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