Urgent Action Needed to Address Children's Unmet Health Care Needs During the Pandemic   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Document: "Discussions about unmet health care needs during the pandemic often focus on testing or treatment for COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] itself. But as shortages of testing and hospital capacity have been subsiding, it has become increasingly clear that the pandemic has had dramatic spillover effects on receipt of other health care services. [...] People may delay or forgo care during the pandemic for many reasons. Some reasons are structural; many physicians and clinics closed their offices or restricted in-person visits, particularly in the early months of the crisis (Corallo and Tolbert 2020). But other reasons may include job and associated health insurance losses, transportation and child care challenges, and fears of contracting or transmitting the virus. [...] Because children have generally had both lower infection rates and less severe COVID-19 cases than adults and tend to be healthy overall, their health needs have received less attention during the pandemic. But, growing evidence shows children contracting and transmitting the virus, as well as missing essential preventive care and other diagnostic and therapeutic services unrelated to the coronavirus during the pandemic."

2020 Urban Institute. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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