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Health care for Latino children: impact of child and parental birthplace on insurance status and access to health services



Health care for Latino children: impact of child and parental birthplace on insurance status and access to health services



American Journal of Public Health 91(11): 1806-1807



Objectives. This study sought to assess the impact of child and parental birthplace on insurance status and access to health care among Latino children in the United States. Methods. A cross-sectional, in-person survey of 376 random households with children aged 1 to 12 years was conducted in a predominantly Latino community. Children's insurance status and access to routine health care were compared among 3 child-parent groups: US born-US born (UU), US born-immigrant (UI), and immigrant-immigrant (II). Results. Uninsured rates for the 3 groups of children were 10% (UU), 23% (UI), and 64% (II). Rates for lack of access to routine health care were 5% (UU), 12% (UI), and 32% (II). Conclusion. Latino children of immigrant parents are more likely to lack insurance and access to routine health care than are Latino children of US-born parents.

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Accession: 010736645

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PMID: 11684608

DOI: 10.2105/ajph.91.11.1806


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