Until the passage of the Federal Medical Care Recovery Act, which became effective in 1963, the
Federal Government was not able to recover the expense of medical services extended to one who was entitled to those services when the injury was caused by the negligence of a third-party tortfeasor. The act now gives the Government the right to join in the suit of the injured party or to proceed on its own. Through co-operation with the injured parties' attorneys, the Government has recouped millions of dollars.
Michael F. Noone Jr., The Federal Medical Care Recovery Act, 55 A.B.A.J. 259 (1969).