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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Self Description

June 2007: "HRSA is the nation's access agency – improving health and saving lives by making sure the right services are available in the right places at the right time.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.

Comprising five bureaus and 12 offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities.

HRSA oversees organ, tissue and bone marrow donation. It supports programs that prepare against bioterrorism, compensate individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice and health care waste, fraud and abuse.

Since 1943 the agencies that were HRSA precursors have worked to improve the health of needy people. HRSA was created in 1982, when the Health Resources Administration and the Health Services Administration were merged."

Third-Party Descriptions

September 2003: "Hospitals are equally reluctant to censure physicians, fearing expensive and time-consuming lawsuits that could earn them bad publicity and the wrath of the medical staff on whom they depend for patients. Since the 1990 inception of the National Practitioner Data Bank, the federal government's confidential repository of malpractice payments and disciplinary actions, about 60 percent of the nation's 6,000 hospitals have never reported disciplining a single doctor. Problems are often handled informally. Sometimes doctors are given a signal that their privileges will not be renewed or are advised to resign to avoid a sanction that will appear on their records."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) Organization Jun 19, 2007
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Organization Oct 18, 2007

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
May 21, 2008 Newborn Blood-Storage Law Stirs Fears of DNA Warehouse

QUOTE: "What we are doing is taking an individual genetic code and saying it's the government's," said Twila Brase, of the Minnesota activist group Citizens' Council on Health Care. "And once we do that, it's available for whatever a legislature wants to do in 20 years. The fact of the matter is that we don't know what they could or would do."

Oct 17, 2007 Industry Money Fans Debate on Fish

QUOTE: Since then several coalition members have renounced the findings, some criticizing the coalition’s leadership for taking thousands of dollars from the fishing industry to promote the recommendations. The coalition’s leaders did not present the recommendations to its members before releasing them.

New York Times
Aug 01, 2007 H.I.V. Patients Anxious as Support Programs Cut Back

QUOTE: Congress rewrote the Ryan White Care Act in December in ways that expanded the regions eligible for money [but] allowed less assistance for support programs like meals and legal aid.

New York Times
Aug 25, 2006 Center for Hispanic Medical Students Loses All Its U.S. Aid

QUOTE: The Hispanic Center of Excellence...a crucial way to address...the underrepresentation of Hispanics in the medical field...recently lost all its financial support from the federal government...criticized President Bush and Congress for undermining the program

New York Times
Sep 28, 2003 Va. Doctor's Misconduct Left Trail of Broken Lives: Medical System Failed to Protect Patients

QUOTE: a flawed system that purports to protect the public. His case raises questions about the speed and adequacy of discipline meted out by medical boards -- a slow process enveloped in secrecy that critics say harms vulnerable patients by allowing bad doctors to keep practicing -- and about the medical profession's ability to police itself.

Washington Post