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Child Welfare. 1991 Jul-Aug;70(4):451-61.

Pediatricians and foster children.

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Pediatric Ambulatory Care Unit, St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury, CT.


The poor state of health and health care of foster children is well documented. The cure lies in the hands of the agencies that administer the foster care system and pay for medical services, and in those of the physicians who provide that care. This study suggests that much of the problem may be solvable. Adequate numbers of pediatricians in Connecticut seem to be committed to caring for foster children, but major impediments remain, including inadequate reimbursement for both primary and specialty health services. The institution of a medical passport can make needed information available and help to establish and promote standards of care. Pediatricians appear willing to take a leadership role in assisting other agencies in developing programs to improve the care of these children; despite the problems in providing medical care to foster children, most pediatricians view it as part of their responsibility to the community and to all children.

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