October 28, 2010
More than one in eight Dayton-area parents surveyed in a SOARnet study of underinsured children in pediatric clinics said they had forgone physician-recommended care for their child due to cost concerns. According to the Dayton Daily News:
Boonshoft School of Medicine researchers analyzed surveys completed by 1,978 parents from July to September 2009.
“It’s concerning to me that parents are put in this situation that they have to make difficult financial choices that may have a negative impact on their child’s health,” said Dr. Greg Eberhart, community coordinator for the Southwestern Ohio Ambulatory Research Network. Thirteen of 14 SOAR-NET practices participated in the survey. “We should not put our children’s health at risk because of financial restraints.”
The researchers considered children “underinsured” if their parents hadn’t followed at least one recommendation from a pediatrician during the previous year due to insufficient coverage. Read more.
SOARnet investigators presented this research on Oct. 26 at the 2010 Central Research Forum at Wright State University and on Oct. 3 at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference in San Francisco.
October 4, 2010
Wright State researchers with SOARnet, the Southwestern Ohio Ambulatory Research Network, report that children covered by private health insurance were twice as likely to be underinsured than children with public health insurance. Their study, presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in San Francisco, is titled “Parents’ Perspectives On Their Children’s Health Insurance: Plight of the Uninsured.”
According to a news story in today’s Los Angeles Times:
Researchers from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Ohio surveyed 1,978 parents to see if health insurance — or the lack of it — was a factor in following doctors’ orders. About 13% of parents said they couldn’t fulfill at least one of their child’s doctor’s recommendations in the last year because they couldn’t afford it. This constituted being underinsured by the researchers.
There was a divide among insured and underinsured children. The study authors found that children with private insurance were about two times as likely as children with public insurance to be underinsured, after they adjusted for annual family income and health status. And after controlling for various demographic factors, the authors discovered that having an annual family income between $15,000 and $34,999 was the best forecaster of a child’s health taking a hit because the family couldn’t pay.
Those with the lowest and highest incomes were less inclined to have a tough time getting needed healthcare for their kids, since those with the lowest incomes probably had public insurance, and those with the highest incomes likely had better private insurance than those with middle incomes.
Authors of the study were John M. Pascoe, M.D., M.P.H.; William Spears, Ph.D.; and Caroline McNicholas.
SOARnet investigators will discuss the practice-based research network at the 2010 Central Research Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 26.