Children need a lot of care and love. They are prone to a significant number of illnesses and health conditions. For this reason, it is essential that they have health coverage. Unfortunately, although the United States of America is one of the richest countries in the world, a significant number of children lack health insurance.
A 2019 study reports that about 34% of U.S. kids age 17 and below were “underinsured”. What this means is that their insurance cover cannot address their total health need or give them access to their preferred healthcare providers. Their providers came at an expensive cost or weren’t adequate at all times. It seems like this is a growing trend as in 2016, this figure was at 30.6%.
The harm with inadequate insurance is that it leaves families with no choice but to delay or even ignore the medical needs of their children. This is even more harmful to children with complex or chronic health conditions. Parents or guardians are left to make a choice between providing basic necessities or paying for their kids’ medical care.
The 2019 research mentioned above also revealed that over two-thirds of Americans under 18 have adequate insurance cover, and 1 in 3 of this age group did not. From the foregoing finding, there is enough room for improvement. Children deserved adequate healthcare.