Are there certain pediatric populations that lack access to health-care services? Why?Children who live in poverty lack access to health-care services. There are nearly 15 million children in the United States who live in families with incomes lower than the federal poverty level (Kuo, Etzel, Chilton, Watson, & Gorski, 2012). Unfortunately, several children who are minority or in low-income families grow up without their basic needs and services being met. Lack of access to health care insurance also affects health outcomes. In the United States, nine million children are uninsured with Latino children affected the most (Kuo et al., 2012). Patients who do not have health insurance coverageare less likely to receive medical care with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. What are the barriers to children in accessing health-care services in the United States? Why do these barriers exist? Barriers to children not accessing health-care services in the United States includes the inability to obtain preventative services, financial burdens, unmet health needs, delays in receiving appropriate care, and preventable hospitalizations (Health People 2020, 2019). Having access to care is limited due to health care costs, lack of availability to services, and limited culturally competent care. Due to these
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