(CHIPRA) and American Academy of PediatricsThe above mentioned sources are sufficient to provide healthcare services to all pediatric population in the U.S. This can be supported by the data for number of uninsured children in the U.S. The rates for insured children declined from 12.1% in 2000 to 5.3% in 2014 (Larson, Cull, Racine, & Olson, 2016). In the recent years, substantial improvement in insurance coverage for children has been noted. This can be contributed to sources working continuously to improve healthcare coverage polices for children.Are there certain pediatric populations that lack access to health-care services? Why?Yes, there are many children in U.S who lack access to healthcare services. These include children in low-income and minority groups. The persistence of child poverty in the U.S presents unique challenges to the nation’s healthcare system (Racine, 2016). In 2012, the population of children living in poverty was reported to 16 million and over 6 million of them lived in rural areas (Racine, 2016). There exist healthcare disparities on the basis of ethnicity and insurance. Not all pediatric practitioners are willing to accept care for children receiving Medicaid compared to those who have commercial insurance (Racine, 2016). American Academy of Pediatrics (AAPC) reported that 22% of children in the U.S are living below federal poverty level (AAPC, 2013). Poverty has major consequences on child’s health. Children living in poverty lack access to adequate healthcare, have poor growth, lower immunization rates and are more prone to infections (AAPC, 2013).
What are the barriers to children in accessing health-care services in the United States?
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- Summer '17
- Children’s Health Fund, NSG6435 Week 1 Discussion