Health care services for registered “band” Indians in Ontario are provided primarily by the Canadian Federal Government. Complex management methods preclude the direct involvement of Indian people in the decisions for their health resource allocation. Health indicators, need, and health status indexes are reviewed. The biostatistics of mortality and demography of the Indian and reference populations are aggregated with hospitalization/morbidity experience as the Chen G'1 Index, as an indicator of normative and comparative need. This is weighted by linear measurements of perceived need for preventive medicine programs, as ranked and scaled values of priorities, Zj These were determined by community survey on 11 Indian reserves using a nonprobabilistic psychometric method of “pair comparisons,” based upon “Thurstone's Law of Comparative Judgement.,” The calculation of the aggregate single unit Indian Health Status Index [Log.G'1]Zj and its potential application in a “zero-base” budget is described.
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