Demographics of military dependent children and adolescents: Projected patient population shift

R. E. Rupp, M. Schydlower

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Abstract

The United States government provides health care for one of the largest beneficiary populations in the world. Approximately 796,500 (35%) of the 2.27 million dependent children of uniformed services personnel are adolescents (13 to 19 years old). Although the majority of dependent children are dependents of active duty personnel (74.7%), close to half of the adolescents (47.7%) are dependents of retired personnel. Recent geopolitical world changes and a perceived decreased threat to national security have led to a planned 25% reduction of the active duty force by 1996. The mean age of children beneficiaries will rise as a result. Pediatricians in the military and civilian contract physicians need to prepare for increased health care of older pediatric patients, particularly adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-147
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume159
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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