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Reforming Native American Healthcare - Why the U.S. Indian Health Service Should Decrease its Reliance on Purchased/Referred Care

By Viktoria Catalán Published August 17, 2021

Despite having some of the highest rates of chronic conditions in the United States, many Native American communities have limited or no access to proper healthcare facilities, medical personnel, or health insurance coverage. In an attempt to mitigate these adversities, many tribes currently rely on funding from Purchased/Referred Care, a federal program established through the U.S. Indian Health Service. This article argues against the continuation of Purchased/Referred Care as a primary funding priority and instead advocates for re-allocation of funds towards more Native American-specific healthcare systems.


Implementing Cost-Effective and Sustainable Vaccination Programs in Jordan Amidst the Syrian Refugee Crisis

By Viktoria Catalán Published December 22, 2020

As hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees migrate to and reside in Jordan, the Jordanian government faces a dwindling budget and is becoming less able to afford its refugees’ healthcare needs. To begin overcoming this financial instability, Jordan should allocate its funds towards immunizing the Syrian refugee population via nationwide vaccination programs. This cost-effective approach would ultimately eradicate the current prevalence of communicable diseases and provide Jordan greater financial flexibility to accommodate the surge of incoming refugees.