Soaring US Medical Costs Affect Some Children’s Health Care
Soaring medical costs in the US are harming the health care of some children, reveals a new study. Some parents are unable to buy medicines or take their child to a doctor, as they cannot afford the costs. More than 6,000 families having at least a single child were surveyed between 2001 to 2006.
High insurance premiums and health expenses force parents to delay or forego medical care. Income and race disparities were also found. White families more willingly reported delayed or forgone health care, compared to black families. More poor families below the poverty level delayed or went without health care, compared to better-off families.
The findings were presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting. The researchers say the depressed economy is affecting the health care of American citizens. Families which spent a lot on medical costs for one-time treatment are reluctant to consult medical professionals again for treatment because of the high costs involved.