Health Care

Our Work

The Health Care team leads GAO’s efforts in supporting congressional oversight of the federal agencies and programs that tangibly affect the lives of all Americans. Collectively, federal health care programs’ expenditures represent about one-quarter of all federal spending. Ensuring that these programs provide access to quality care, protect the public, and remain fiscally sustainable is one of the greatest challenges facing Congress and the President in the 21st century.

We provide analyses, recommendations, and policy options to Congress and the executive branch to help meet the needs of our aging and diverse population. For the following departments and agencies, we examine not only their achievement of program goals but also their management, information systems, human capital, and financial operations:

    • Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Food and Drug Administration, Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration
    • Department of Defense’s (DOD) TRICARE