Indian Health Services

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Indian Health Service (IHS) The Indian Health Service is an operational division agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHA), which is responsible for providing medical and health care services for federally recognized Indian and Alaskan Native American tribes within the United States ranging from community health to primary health care services. The Indian Health Service provides health care and medically needed services to American Indians in health care organizations and medical facilities, which include substance abuse centers, mental health care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and other federally funded health care organizations. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nd).
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Physicians, nurses, specialists, and other qualified medical personnel are provided to care for and treat many patients each day. Unfortunately, the number of patients exceeds the available medical personnel and appointment slots. Another problem for patients is the availability of service to the tribal area. Many Indians live in remote areas and do not possess the ability to seek medical attention because of lack of transportation resources. This is a major problem for many Native Americans, as many patients will not seek medical treatment and services until it becomes a medical emergency. For example, many obstetric patients will only receive two or three prenatal visits, or many patients will remain ill or only seek treatment after the illness has progressed to a more serious condition. Aronovitz, (2005).
In summary, The Indian Health Service was established as an operational division agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHA), which is responsible for providing medical and health care services for federally recognized Indian and Alaskan Native American tribes within the United States. The main objective of this governmental health care organization is to provide Native American and Alaskan Indians with health care services, and to help the Indian tribes assimilate to general population without discrimination. Although these healthcare services are of great
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