Planned Hospital Construction by Indian Health Service

HRD-77-112: Published: May 31, 1977. Publicly Released: May 31, 1977.

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The appropriateness of the planned number of acute care beds in certain hospital construction projects proposed for funding by the Indian Health Service (IHS) was questioned.

The methodology used by the IHS to determine the bed sizes of the planned hospitals would result in the construction of too many beds. The IHS failed to take into account the declining trends in the use of inpatient hospital facilities. Although limited to the Navajo area, the analysis indicated that similar conditions may exist in other IHS areas where major hospital construction is planned.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Subcommittee should delay recommending appropriations for any IHS hospital project not currently under construction. Funding should be contingent on receiving adequate justification from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare explaining why expansion of underutilized facilities is necessary.

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