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.