- Enza Sebastiani
- San Mateo, CA
- United States
Would you seriously let an uninsured child die?
I am still appalled by the response of Ron Paul's supporters at the last GOP debate. I can't shake it off. I just wish the more common situation would have been brought up: more than 8 million uninsured children live in the US.
- Uninsured children are 10 times more likely than insured children to have unmet medical needs, such as untreated asthma, diabetes or obesity, and are 5 times as likely as an insured child to go more than 2 years without seeing a doctor.
- Regular health screenings help doctors identify and treat problems preventively and are crucial to a child's healthy development.
- An estimated two-thirds of children and youth with mental health needs are not getting the help they need. In fact, unmet need is as high today as it was 20 years ago.
- Uninsured children are more than 4 times as likely as an insured child to have an unmet dental health need. In 2000, children missed more than 51 million hours of school because of dental-related illness.
- Uninsured children are more likely than insured children to perform poorly in school; in contrast, enrolling children in health coverage has been associated with greatly improved school performance.
- Uninsurance disproportionately affects minority children.
- While 1 in 14 White children is uninsured, the statistic jumps to nearly 1 in 9 for Black children and 1 in 5 for Latino children.
More here: http://www.childrensdefense.org/policy-priorities/childrens-health/uninsured-children/