Report on the Health Care of U.S. Children

Report on the Health Care of U.S. Children – from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Monica Preboth

Infections and birth-related problems cause the majority of hospitalizations in infants and preschool-aged children, while asthma, injuries and mental health problems lead to more hospitalizations of children older than five years than any other conditions, according to the new “Annual Report on Access to and Utilization of Health Care for Children and Youth in the United States–1999.” The report was compiled by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

The report found that adolescents between 15 and 17 years of age are hospitalized mainly for problems related to pregnancy and childbearing. Uninsured persons in this age group are the most likely to not have a usual source of health care and the least likely to use office-based health care professionals, such as family physicians and pediatricians. The report also provides data on health insurance coverage and use of ambulatory care services.

This report is the first in a new series of annual reports by the AHRQ on access to and use of health care by children and adolescents in the United States. The statistics in the report are taken from the AHRQ’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample databases.

Copies of the report (AHRQ 00-R014) may be obtained free of charge by writing the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907. The report may also be obtained by calling 800-358-9295 or from AHRQ InstantFAX: 301-594-2800.

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