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Report: IHS Operating Room Conditions Are Deplorable

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by Joe Davidson

After killing much of the native population, then assigning survivors to desolate reservations, the U.S. government established a range of programs to serve American Indians.

Now, a new report demonstrates government health care is another way they are disregarded.

The study by the Department of Health and Human Services’ internal watchdog describes Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals lacking operating rooms, sophisticated equipment and sufficient staffing. IHS also serves Alaska Natives.

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