by Cecelia Johnson
April 18, 2004
Where is free health care? I want to go there too! I am Alaska
Native Haida/Tlinget and I receive health care from our local
provider. I have insurance which is presented every time I have
an appointment. I recently went through chemotherapy at our clinic
and my insurance paid quite a bit!!!
Historically, after the United States bought Alaska from Russia,
which was in 1867 there was minimal, if any, kind of health care
provided to AK Natives. In the 1880's/1890's religious groups
requested some medical services as part of their "trying
to help the savages" - their mission work! Since contact
the health conditions of AK Natives have undergone great cultural
changes. If you read which was drilled into "us savages"
you then become informed and educated Since PL93-638 Ketchikan
medical community receives many benefits in the financial area.
So instead of ignorant comments get on the bandwagon and read,
read, read. Learn about the area of which you are concerned.
Thanks for the opportunity for enlightenment. After I learned
about our area and the population who resides here I understand
and am more compassionate!
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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