Over 70 Percent of Children Visit a Doctor's Office At Least Once During the Year

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    ROCKVILLE, Md., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 70 percent of all children
 under age 18 had at least one office visit for health care during 1996.  In
 contrast, only 7.2 percent had a hospital outpatient visit and less than 3
 percent experienced an inpatient stay (excluding stays for normal birth).
 About 13 percent had an emergency department visit.  Less than half of all
 children had a dental visit (42.5 percent).  Almost 60 percent of children got
 at least one prescription medicine.
     This information was published in "Annual Report on Access to and
 Utilization of Health Care for Children and Youth in the United States-2000"
 in the January-February issue of Ambulatory Pediatrics.  The article shows
 data derived from the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey of the Agency for
 Healthcare Research and Quality.  The article is available free of charge from
 the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907;
 phone: 800-358-9295, and from AHRQ InstantFAX, 301-594-2800.  Request AHRQ
 Publication No. 01-R036.
     For a reproducible graphic showing health care use for children under 18
 in 1996, go to http://www.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2001/chhcuse96.pdf
 
 

SOURCE Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    ROCKVILLE, Md., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 70 percent of all children
 under age 18 had at least one office visit for health care during 1996.  In
 contrast, only 7.2 percent had a hospital outpatient visit and less than 3
 percent experienced an inpatient stay (excluding stays for normal birth).
 About 13 percent had an emergency department visit.  Less than half of all
 children had a dental visit (42.5 percent).  Almost 60 percent of children got
 at least one prescription medicine.
     This information was published in "Annual Report on Access to and
 Utilization of Health Care for Children and Youth in the United States-2000"
 in the January-February issue of Ambulatory Pediatrics.  The article shows
 data derived from the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey of the Agency for
 Healthcare Research and Quality.  The article is available free of charge from
 the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907;
 phone: 800-358-9295, and from AHRQ InstantFAX, 301-594-2800.  Request AHRQ
 Publication No. 01-R036.
     For a reproducible graphic showing health care use for children under 18
 in 1996, go to http://www.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2001/chhcuse96.pdf
 
 SOURCE  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality