On January 13, the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) released a new resource on urban Indian health spending. The spending fact sheet shows a comparison for average health care spending of $11,172 per person, however, Tribal and Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities receive only $4,078 per American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) patient from the IHS budget. Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs) receive just $672 per AI/AN patient from the IHS budget. This fact sheet is for policymakers to have a better idea of the disparities that exist within the health care system. NCUIH will continue to advocate for parity in health care spending for UIOs and AI/ANs.
Why is this important to UIOs?
- Health care spending for AI/AN patients is far lower than average spending per patient in the broader health care system.