Dr. Brence Sell Outlines the Challenges of Provided Medical Care to Members of the Armed Services

Dr. Brence Sell

February 3, 2021

Dr. Brence Sell Outlines the Challenges of Provided Medical Care to Members of the Armed Services

Dr. Brence Sell is a leading anesthesiologist, and while he is now in private practice, he started his career in the Armed Forces. Currently, he is both a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and a member of the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists. Still, serving in the Armed Services remains a personal highlight of his career. That’s why Dr. Brence Sell is going to share some of the challenges of trying to provide medical care to members of the Armed Forces.

“The military has been a huge part of the collective American tradition,” Dr. Brence Sell points out. “The Armed Forces offer many people a start in their career, and that’s certainly true for myself and my anesthesiology career. While the opportunity to serve in the Armed Services has certainly been a privilege, it also presented many challenges.”

The American medical system, in general, has a reputation for complexity. The plethora of insurance companies, medical providers, hospitals, and the like can create a lot of headaches when it comes to payment, paperwork, and all the rest. Dr. Brence Sell notes that the military’s medical system provides some simplification but also additional complexities compared to the private healthcare industry.

“On one hand, medical practitioners in the Armed Forces often have fewer payment issues and coverage hassles to navigate,” Dr. Brence Sell says. “On the other hand, the paperwork and administrative issues in the military are very complex in their own right.”

Dr. Brence Sell Talks About Military Specific Challenges in Medicine

Private doctors often have to worry about where their salary or payments are coming from. In the military, this is rarely an issue. Still, there can be a lot of uncertainty, Dr. Brence Sell argues.

“I always knew where my paycheck was coming from,” Dr. Brence Sell suggests. “That said, when you’re in the military, you have less control where you’re going to be deployed and where you’ll work. Members of the Armed Forces go where they’re told.”

Knowing where you’re going to be deployed isn’t just about convenience, but it can also be an important part of providing care.

“Doctors often work in teams,” Dr. Brence Sell says, “but in the military, your team may change with little notice if someone is sent somewhere else. This can be disruptive and requires a lot of adjustments.”

Further, many doctors like to work with a set number of patients and to provide consistent care throughout the process. If patients are sent to another military base, their care may be handed off to a different team of doctors.

“A lot of medical practitioners like cultivating relationships with patients and taking the time to learn the ins and out of each patient and his or her conditions,” Dr. Brence Sell relates. “Sometimes, doctors and patients can enjoy those relationships in the military, but sometimes that’s impossible if the patient is redeployed.”

Dr. Brence Sell also says that many military members suffer from extremely difficult to treat conditions, such as PTSD, rehabilitation after losing a limb, and the like. While the challenges are often grave, he still has faith that medical professionals and members of the Armed Services can overcome them.