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More low-income children in the United States are getting access to needed medical care, a study from the Center for Studying Health System Change indicated. The percentage of low-income children with unmet medical needs declined by more than half from 4.6% in 1997 to 2.2% in 2003. Access to care for the overall U.S. population fluctuated between 1997 and 2003, although the proportion of Americans who reported an unmet medical need declined by 0.5%--or 1 million people--from 2001 to 2003. "Initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels to support health care safety net providers ... likely contributed to the modest improvements in access to medical care," explained HSC President Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D. The findings were taken from HSC's 2003 Community Tracking Study Household Survey, which provides information on 25,400 families and 46,600 people.

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Title Annotation:Policy & Practice
Author:Silverman, Jennifer
Publication:Pediatric News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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