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CBO says military healthcare costs could soar

The Washington Post, July 18, 2012

Active and retired service personnel and their families are increasing their use of the military healthcare system at a faster rate than civilians enrolled in comparable private health programs, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office. As a result, the annual cost to the Defense Department’s healthcare program could grow from $51 billion in fiscal 2013 to $65 billion by 2017 and to $90 billion by 2030, according to CBO estimates in the report, "Long-Term Implications of the 2013 Future Years Defense Program," which was released Wednesday.