Thursday, July 17, 2008

Call for investigation of IHS

(Ask why Native American's in Orange County, CA don't have an Indian Clinic much less adequate medical funding.)

The following article can be located at:

Baucus asks for investigation into Indian Health Service
July 16, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) — Montana Sen. Max Baucus has asked for a government investigation into the troubled Indian Health Service and how it allocates its resources around the country.

In a letter to the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, Baucus did not detail what he wanted the department to probe but asked for a "thorough investigation of IHS and how it keeps America's promise to its first citizens.''

Earlier this month, Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board has declared a health care emergency on the reservation. The tribe has asked Congress to look into delivery of medical care by the Indian Health Service. Tribal officials say there is a shortage of money for equipment and personnel, and that many people have to be referred off the reservation for treatment.