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Matern Child Health J. 2005 Jun;9(2):207-18.

Financial burden for families of children with special health care needs.

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Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. kkuhlthau@partners.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We describe family finance-related burden experienced by families with children with special health care needs (CSHCN). The paper further seeks to describe correlates of family financial burden.

METHODS:

We examined correlates of family finance-related burden using multivariate methods and the National Survey of CSHCN, a nationally representative cross-sectional survey of CSHCN. We also examined state-level correlations.

RESULTS:

Fully 40% of families with CSHCN, or 3,746,000 families nation-wide, experience financial burden related to their child's condition. Experiencing a finance-related problem is negatively associated with Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) indicators and positively associated with poor-child health status. States that better meet MCHB indicators generally have lower levels of family finance-related problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

Families with CSHCN have high levels of finance-related family problems. Development of appropriate systems of care appears to offer a mechanism for alleviating the financial burdens of these families.

PMID:
15965627
DOI:
10.1007/s10995-005-4870-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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