Perfect health care or none at all?


Last updated 9/27/2007 at Noon

“An average of 17 weeks is required to see a specialist in Canada,” claims letter writer Warren Barnes, who emphasizes that health care in the US is superior for children. I doubt his claim. In the United States, many children never get to see a specialist at all. Uninsured children are 10 times more likely to have an unmet health care need than insured children.

In 1997, 22.3 percent of kids were uninsured. By 2005, that number had dropped to 14.9 percent. Over the same period, the percentage of uninsured adults remained roughly the same. Still, more than one-seventh of American child...

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