Medical care for children: public insurance, private insurance, and racial differences in utilization


Journal Article

Data from two waves of the Child-Mother module of the US National Longitudinal Surveys are used to examine the medical care received by children. The authors compare those covered by Medicaid, by private health insurance and those with no insurance coverage at all. There are substantial differences in the impact of public and private health insurance and these effects also differ between blacks and whites. White children on Medicaid tend to have more doctor checkups that any other children and white children on Medicaid or a private insurance plan have a higher number of doctor visits for illness. In contrast, for black children, neither Medicaid nor private insurance coverage is associated with any advantage in terms of the number of doctor visits for illness. Black children with private coverage are no more likely than those with no coverage to have doctor checkups. The results suggest that private and public health insurance mean different things to different children, and that national insurance coverage will not equalize utilization of care. -from Authors

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Currie, J; Thomas, D

Published Date

  • January 1, 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 135 - 162

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-166X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/146194

Citation Source

  • Scopus