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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO obtained information on: (1) Indian Health Service (IHS) funding distribution methods and the funds allocated for fiscal year (FY) 1980 through FY 1990; (2) per-capita funding for the Oklahoma IHS area; and (3) the effect of IHS funding constraints on health services delivery in Oklahoma, with special attention to the Contract Health Services (CHS) program.

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Matter for Congressional Consideration

Matter Status
If Congress wants IHS to redistribute funding among the areas, it should consider requiring IHS to distribute its funds based on different methods, for example, methods that give greater weight to measures of need.
Closed - Not Implemented

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