Military service impacting medical record keeping


Recently doctors have made a point of saying that your medical history should include any type of military history if applicable. Many people who were in the army many years ago are now experiencing ailments that may seem like they have to do with aging, but really are a direct result of things used in war. Many doctors don’t even ask about your military history or your military health history if it isn’t noted on your file, which is now becoming a more common thing to do.


Of the more than 21 million veterans in the United States, almost 60 percent of them receive healthcare from private doctors instead of the Department of Veterans Affairs, but most of these doctors don’t even know their patients are veterans must less what their military experience has exposed them to over the years. Many are discovering later on that military time spent in combat zones could have a profound effect on your health years down the line. If these types of histories can been required in the past, many Vietnam veterans with illnesses as a result of their service would have received treatment or benefits much earlier.


Dr. Jeffrey Brown, a veteran who experienced an illness related to time served, says medical schools should teach students how to take a patient’s military health history and encourage discussion about stresses facing veterans today.

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