There are many problems with the current system of pediatric primary care in the Unites States. There are shortfalls in adequacy of available services, effectiveness of care provided, organization of services, and focus on primary prevention. Many of the statistics are astounding. Up to 50% of developmental problems are not identified until a child enters school, and there are more than 8 million children without health coverage in the United States (Kuo, Etzel, Chilton, Watson, Gorski, 2012). Many chronic illnesses that were more commonly associated with adults must now be addressed in the pediatric population. Children are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obesity in record numbers. The current system of providing pediatric primary care is not working, and health care providers must shift their focus to primary prevention with the incorporation of the child and their family. Disparities in quality of care are common among racial and ethnic minorities, patients older
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