Native American Health Care Essay

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The United States government 's current involvement in minority health is incredibly insufficient and the health issues minorities face today would decrease if there were more participation from the U.S government. The lack of government involvement is harshly affecting minority health, especially Native Americans. History illustrates the carelessness the government has shown with Native American health care since the beginning. It is up to the U.S government to step up and sufficiently supply Native American’s with adequate health care. The Native American population has never been hostile towards the modernization of medicine, despite many believing in other types of healing. Native American health care is insufficient and failing due to …show more content…
Health care availability did not seem to improve until the 1890’s, and even then it had “inadequate facilities, a lack of medical supplies, transportation problems, and incompetent personnel”(Native American Health Care). In 1921, the Snyder Act took place, which required scheduled health care to Native American people by the federal government. However, the efforts of this act helped minimally due to the inability to recognize specific Native American health needs. Despite attempts made by the federal government, Native American health care remained insufficient. This lead to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) decision of closing down Native American health facilities and transferring that health care to state hospitals. This decision was supported by the idea that it would be less expensive and allow the Native American population to remain closer to their homes. However to many this decision seemed to be in favor of eradicating Indian reservations. The sparse government involvement seemed to wreak havoc on Native American population by terminating the advancement of health care. In 1988, the Indian Health Service (IHS) was elevated to agency status, …show more content…
The first two reasons can be attributed to the underfunding the hospitals receive, but attribution to the problem of keeping and attracting skilled staff can be interpreted two ways. The first way is that Native American’s again are rejecting modern medicine by not pursuing medical related fields of work, and the second being that the environment and salary is insufficient, not attracting skilled

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