Cost of US soldiers' health care could reach $650bn

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 15 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1011
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. Washington, DC

    The lifetime health care of soldiers deployed to Iraq could cost the United States $650bn (£310bn; €440bn), more than has been spent on operations in Iraq, according to projections in a report published last week.

    The report, Shock and Awe Hits Home, was written by Evan Kanter, a staff psychiatrist at the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Puget Sound Health Care System, in Washington state, for the Nobel peace prize wining group Physicians for Social Responsibility. It was presented to sympathetic members of Congress …

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