Americans usage of needed medical care improved slightly between 2001 and 2003.
In 2003, only 2.2 % of all children did not get the medical care they needed, and another 2 % delayed care. The most known improvements in access to medical care happened for low-income children, likely reflecting development in public insurance coverage.6 % to 2.2 %. The improvement in access for low-income kids eliminated long-standing up income-related disparities in usage of care, said HSC Health Researcher Bradley C. Strunk, who co-authored the scholarly study with HSC Senior Wellness Researcher Peter J. Cunningham, Ph.D. In 1997, low-income children were about doubly likely as kids in higher-income households to experience an unmet require, but by 2003 that gap had closed, with 2.2 % of both combined groups reporting an unmet need.9 % vs. (more…)