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Am J Public Health. 2000 Nov;90(11):1771-4.

Racial/ethnic differences in children's access to care.

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Center for Primary Care Research, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD 20852, USA. rweinick@ahrq.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study explored reasons for racial and ethnic differences in children's usual sources of care.

METHODS:

Data from the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey were examined by means of logistic regression techniques.

RESULTS:

Black and Hispanic children were substantially less likely than White children to have a usual source of care. These differences persisted after control for health insurance and socioeconomic status. Control for language ability, however, eliminated differences between Hispanic and White children.

CONCLUSIONS:

Results suggest that the marked Hispanic disadvantage in children's access to care noted in earlier studies may be related to language ability.

PMID:
11076248
PMCID:
PMC1446405
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.90.11.1771
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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