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Indian health service problems sometimes kill patients

Published 06/14/2009, Associated Press

On some reservations, the oft-quoted refrain is, “don’t get sick after June,” when the federal dollars run out. It’s a sick joke, and a sad one because it is sometimes true. Indian Health Service fficials said they have about half of what they need to operate, and patients know they must be dying or about to lose a limb to get serious care.

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