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Parents with insurance forego kids’ care due to cost

Even with health insurance, many parents are finding health care for their kids too expensive — and are going without.

That’s the finding of a recent study by researchers at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Ohio. According to the report, 13% of parents who have health insurance said they had opted not to get physician-recommended care for their children due to the cost.

Parents with private insurance were more likely to skip health care than those whose children were covered by Medicaid or state-provided programs.

Parents were most likely to skip getting a prescription filled (8.7%), seeing a specialist (5.5%) or getting a recommended test (4.7%). Of those who hadn’t gotten some recommended care, 7.8% said they believed their children’s health had suffered from the decision.

Parents in the middle income range ($35k to $75k) were most likely to report having difficulty being able to afford the recommended care.

The report was presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition earlier this month.

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