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What GAO Found The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers health care services to about 9 million veterans at its 171 medical centers and more than 1,100 outpatient facilities. VA has long faced challenges addressing its pressing infrastructure demands.
What GAO Found The Department of Defense (DOD) awards funds from Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) appropriations to researchers for projects that focus on advancements in military medicine and public health benefits for areas such as cancers and substance abuse.
Why This Matters The ocean floor contains vast quantities of critical minerals vital for many applications, such as aircraft components and rechargeable batteries. Increased demand for such minerals has driven technology development for exploration and extraction from deep-sea mining.
What GAO Found There is no complete information on the health care costs of firearm injuries. National data allow for estimates of the costs of initial hospital treatment and some first-year costs, but less is known about costs the more time passes from the injury.
What GAO Found Like most medical institutions nationwide, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) faced difficulties obtaining medical supplies, including personal protective equipment for its medical workforce, particularly in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What GAO Found GAO's analysis of 2020 data found that, for 20 selected brand-name prescription drugs, estimated U.S. prices paid at the retail level by consumers and other payers (such as insurers) were more than two to four times higher than prices in three selected comparison countries. The U.S.
What GAO Found The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) experienced challenges tracking and obtaining medical supplies in response to COVID-19, particularly in the early stages of the pandemic—underscoring the need for supply chain improvements and acquisition management efficiencies.