ERIC Number: ED426120
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Parents Describe Barriers to Healthcare Services, Want Help To Keep Children Well. Growing Up Well. Focus on Prevention.
California Center for Health Improvement, Sacramento.
This report, first in a series of eight, is based on findings from a survey of the opinions of Californians, parents and nonparents, about everyday concerns of children, youth, and their families. It highlights the opinions of California parents about children's health insurance coverage. This information is particularly relevant as California plans for the implementation of its Health Families Program and responds to recommendations of the Managed Health Care Improvement Task Force. In the California Center for Health Improvement (CCHI), one of five parents reported that their children did not have health insurance. Parents with household incomes less than 200% of poverty are 3 times as likely as others to have uninsured children, but even among parents with household incomes 200% of poverty or above, 10% of children are uninsured. The survey found that 56% of parents of uninsured children have problems obtaining health care services, but even those with insurance can have problems getting services. Thirty-four percent of parents report problems in obtaining health care services. The state's Healthy Families Program will provide health coverage for many uninsured children. The survey has revealed that the characteristics of parents of uninsured children mirror those of California's population of parents as a whole. However, the contrast between profiles of California parents and California voters is striking. Voters are more likely to be white, older, and of higher education and income. This difference has important implications for public policy, especially for the Healthy Families Program. The CCHI survey provides an outline of the problems parents currently have in obtaining health care services, and supplies background information for needed clinical and dental services. Policy recommendations are made for planning and implementing health care programs, including health education and preventive services. (Contains eight tables and seven references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Wellness Foundation.
Authoring Institution: California Center for Health Improvement, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California