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Cultural discrepancy: Inadequate IHS funds may widen health care gap among Native Americans


Advocates for the Affordable Care Act argue that health care is a basic human right, but Native Americans and American Indians here in Oklahoma say this principle is often forgotten.

For most Americans, the wait time to see a doctor is nearly 20 minutes, according to a recent study. Oklahoma State University student Spencer Bright, who is a member of the Creek Tribe, has a different experience.

He said that one time, his cousin needed medicine for a migraine, but it was nearly 12 hours until they had seen the doctor and received medication.


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