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Thursday, 03 February 2011 08:44

Florida's health care for children ranks near bottom

Written by  Random Justice

Posted Feb. 3, 2011


Only Texas, Arizona, Mississippi and Nevada are worse.

The Commonwealth Fund: "A child’s health, ability to participate fully in school, and capacity to lead a productive, healthy life depend on access to preventive and effective health care—starting well before birth and continuing throughout early childhood and adolescence. Since healthy children are key to the well-being and economic prosperity of families and society, investing in child health has long been a high priority for federal and state policy. This State Scorecard on Child Health System Performance, 2011, finds that federal action to extend insurance to children has made a critical difference in reducing the number of uninsured children across states and maintaining children’s coverage during the recent recession. However, the report also finds that where children live and their parent’s incomes significantly affect their access to affordable care, receipt of preventive care and treatment, and opportunities to survive past infancy and thrive. Better and more equitable results will require improving the quality of children’s health care across the continuum of their needs as well as holding health care systems accountable for preventing health problems and promoting health, not just caring for children when they are sick or injured."

Overall: 47th out of 51
Access & Affordability: 49th out of 51
Prevention & Treatment: 44th out of 51
Potential to Lead Healthy Lives: 35th out of 51
Percent of children ages 0-18 insured: 50th out of 51

Compiled by The Commonwealth Fund

ABOUT The Commonweath Fund
The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.
The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.

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