Children frequently receive unnecessary medical care regardless of insurance type

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Valley News - Health
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Children with public insurance are slightly more likely to receive medical services that they don’t need than those with private insurance, a new study found. One in 11 publicly insured and one in nine privately insured children received low-value care in 2014, according to the findings published in journal Pediatrics. Researchers evaluated data for 8.6 million children in 12 states to see whether having public or private insurance is associated with receiving low-value medical services. “In a prior study, we showed that privately insured children frequently received low-value services that do not improve their health, but we didn’t know if publicly insured children were more or less likely to receive wasteful care,” lead author Dr. Kao-Ping Chua, Ph.
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