ERIC Number: ED180710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Aug-2
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Health. Hearing Before the Select Committee on Indian Affairs. United States Senate, Ninety-Sixth Congress. First Session on Indian Health.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs.
The Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs held its first session on Indian health on August 2, 1979, to consider the Indian Health Service (IHS) and to receive testimony from organizations concerned about the status of Indian health. The National Indian Health Board representatives discussed difficulties related to tribal efforts to achieve an equal partnership with IHS in health care delivery, administrative problems stemming from IHS's rapid growth, a new funding method based on a guaranteed benefits package, and the need for IHS to work with traditional medicine men. The representative of the Association of American Indian Physicians also stressed legitimizing traditional medicine and emphasized the importance of IHS's role as Trust agent for Indian health care. A panel of representatives from various religious groups read a statement of concerns about Indian health care. They recommended that the IHS eligibility status and reports of IHS malpractice be investigated, and that IHS should be sensitive to traditional beliefs. Finally, a representative of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges recommended the addition of veterinarians to IHS preventive medicine teams, perhaps to fulfill proposed public service requirements of veterinary students on scholarship. (SB)
Descriptors: Agency Role, American Indian Culture, American Indians, Delivery Systems, Federal Aid, Federal Indian Relationship, Health Needs, Health Services, Medical Care Evaluation, Preventive Medicine, Religious Organizations, Self Determination, Tribes, Trust Responsibility (Government), Veterinary Medicine
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs.