Ensuring Access to Health Care for Children With Disabilities
Butler, John A.
Palfrey, Judith S.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1987 Jul 16; 317(3): 162-165.
Three representatives from organizations that serve children and their families (Boston's Children's Hospital and the Washington, D.C.-based Children's Defense Fund) draw attention to the health needs of the millions of Americans under 18 with varying degrees of disability. The Society for Behavioral Pediatrics, among others, has stressed the importance of coordinated, comprehensive programs involving children, their families, health professionals, and community services. Surveys have shown that access to affordable health care and related services varies with geographic area and income level. Availability of insurance coverage, both private and public, also is a major factor in determining access to care. The authors propose three approaches to insurance reform that, together with an increased emphasis on maintenance and counseling visits and community outreach services, would improve health care for handicapped children. (KIE abstract)
Access to Health Care; Children; Chronically Ill; Community Services; Counseling; Disability; Economics; Employment; Family Members; Federal Government; Government; Health; Health Care; Health Insurance; Indigents; Insurance; Insurance Coverage; Minors; National Health Insurance; Organizations; Patient Care; Pediatrics; Public Policy; Socioeconomic Factors; State Government; Surveys;
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