Indian Country 52 #16 – IHS Waits
“Despite the lack of data, investigators uncovered lengthy wait times in visits to hospitals throughout the country. At one facility on the Navajo Nation, staff said it can take three to four months for a new patient to get an appointment with an internal medicine specialist and two to three months for internal medicine.
The delays are attributed to lack of physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners throughout the IHS. According to the report, over 1,550 such positions are vacant and 20 percent of physician positions are vacant.
Aging infrastructure and equipment also contribute to long waits, the GAO said. IHS facilities, on average, are much older than those in the private sector and medical and laboratory equipment are long past their useful lifespans, according to the report.”
– Indianz.com, Indian Health Service faulted for lengthy waits in patient care.
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