Health Care Information

Here you will find information to improve Health care operations. (Work in progress)

We believe Native American Tribes will be a leader in health services as they continue to diversify economies and become more proactive in health care and education.

We believe you will see paramount health care reform within the Native American tribes over the next 10 years, with significant changes starting now. As the tribes become more self-sufficient and self-determined they will assert more control over their heath care needs for their families and nations.

Tribes will have an opportunity to blend Native healing with more traditional western and eastern medical practices. As the aging population of “baby boomers” need medical attention, they will seek more non-traditional methods providing new resources for Native American Nations. This effects not only direct health care but support services as well, including, nursing homes, assisted living homes and easy living communities. All of this will result in providing more jobs, additional revenue and better education for Tribal members.

Statistics

The federal system consists of:

  • 31 hospitals

  • 63 health centers

  • 30 health stations.

  • 34 urban Indian health projects provide a variety of health and referral services.

Through P.L. 93-638 Self-Determination contracts, American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native corporations administer:

  • 14 hospitals,

  • 240 health centers,

  • 102 health stations, and

  • 166 Alaska village clinics.

The IHS clinical staff consists of approximately

  • 2,400 nurses,

  • 800 physicians,

  • 400 engineers,

  • 500 pharmacists,

  • 300 dentists, and

  • 300 sanitarians.

  • The IHS also employs various allied health professionals, such as nutritionists, health administrators, and medical records administrators.

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INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES - The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. This relationship, established in 1787, is based on Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and has been given form and substance by numerous treaties, laws, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders. The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people, and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 562 federally recognized tribes in 35 states.


 

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