Medical care for children varies with their insurance and ethnicity, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality said based on a survey of parents. Some 36% of parents with uninsured or publicly insured children report that their children had a problem receiving necessary care during a doctor’s office or clinic visit, compared with 7.9% of parents of privately insured children. Some 12% of parents with children covered by public insurance and 8% of parents with uninsured children said healthcare providers never or only sometimes explained things carefully; only 3.4% of parents with children covered by private insurance felt the same. Parents of Hispanic children were most likely to report troubles: just 62% said they always received understandable explanations from providers, compared with 74.3% of parents of African-American children and 69.1% of parents of white children. Also, 45% of Hispanic children always got appointments for routine care as soon as their parents wanted, compared with 53.8% of black children and 53.7% of white children. The AHRQ will include the information, as well as data on adults’ experience with the healthcare system, in its National Quality Report due out next year.
Coverage, ethnicity affect children's care: AHRQ
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