Hawaii Market Formally Established To Better Serve Military And Their Families – State of Reform
Oahu’s Military Treatment Facilities (MFT), which serve up to 152,000 eligible beneficiaries, will now function as the new Hawaii market. Dr Brian Lein, Deputy Director of Health Care Administration for the Defense Health Agency (DHA), and Hawaii Market Director Col. Martin Doperak held a ceremony at the Tripler Army Medical Center last week to officially announce the transition to a more robust health care system for service members and their families.
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A market consists of hospitals and clinics that work together to serve a geographic area as a system – sharing patients, staff, budget, and operations. The Hawaii Market, which includes the Tripler Army Medical Center, Naval Health Clinic Hawaii, Desmond T. Doss Health Clinic, and 15th Medical Group, works with Veterans Hospitals, the Global Military Health Program TRICARE and ‘other health partners.
Doperak highlighted the benefits that will come from the transition:
“Oahu’s military treatment centers have a long history of working together to provide safe and reliable health care to our beneficiaries. By creating the Hawaii Marketplace, we are further integrating our MTFs to better serve our military members and their families by increasing access to healthcare across the island. At the same time, this integration will provide opportunities to improve the readiness of all services and ultimately improve the health of our communities on Oahu. “
The Hawaii market has served its beneficiaries since 2013. Market MFTs have provided a range of health services including emergency and primary care, physiotherapy, active duty dental care, and behavioral health services.
The military health system has started to transfer the administration and management of its MFTs to DHA as part of the National Defense Authorization Act 2017. The Hawaii Market Approach is one of six Enhanced Full-Service Markets (eMSMs) in the country. Although the COVID-19 pandemic halted transition efforts in 2020, DHA established the market on July 26, 2021.