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50% in Four Years – The Increase in Surgical Admissions

According to a recent report, the average price of a surgical admission for a child in 2010 was $35,423, but by 2014 it had risen to $53,372 – a more than 50% price increase. Source: “Higher Prices for Children’s Health Care Drove Spending Growth in 2014, While Use of Services Declined,” Health Care Cost Institute Press Release, May 16, 2016,

Children don’t get what we know works in health care

Children’s Healthcare Access in California

According to a study from Children Now, within 1 year, 72% or 1.7 million of California’s youngest children did not receive any of the developmental screenings that are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Health care services offered at schools are especially important for children who lack routine access to a health care provider, such as the 1.8 million (19%) children in California who don’t receive appropriate preventive medical care. Most school-based health services are provided in school-based health centers (SBHC s). Currently, only 2% of California’s schools have a SBHC.

Source: Children Now

Imagine if we simply did all the ‘blocking and tackling’ we know how to do in health care? No need to invent new ‘stuff’ just need to do what we know… and the world would be entirely different.

Are we paying enough attention to pediatrics in hospitals

With the survey below as background and the attention Medicare is paying to hospital acquired infections, are hospitals losing focus on hospital acquired infections when it comes to children?

A recent analysis of the rate of bloodstream infections in 92 pediatric intensive-care units in 31 states plus Washington, D.C, found:

  • The pediatric ICUs had infection rates that were 20% higher than national rates for adult ICUs
  • The pediatric ICUs averaged 1.8 bloodstream infections for every 1,000 days children were on central lines
  • The estimated national average in adult ICUs in 2009 was 1.5 bloodstream infections per 1,000 central line days
  • Some pediatric ICUs had infection rates as high as 7.2 per 1,000 central line days, more than four times the national average for adult ICUs

Source: “Dangerous infections are more likely in pediatric intensive-care units,” Consumer Reports, January 2012,

13.1% of parents reported not being able to comply with AT LEAST one of their child’s clinician’s recommendations

A survey administered between July and September of 2009 found that, during the previous 12 months, 13.1% of parents reported not being able to comply with AT LEAST one of their child’s clinician’s recommendations due to trouble paying for it.

  • 5.5% of index children did not see a recommended specialist
  • 4.7% did not have a lab test
  • 8.7% did not fill a prescription
  • 7.8% reported that their child’s health “had suffered” due to the cost of care
  • After controlling for other variables, family’s annual income between $15,000 and $34,999 was the strongest predictor of child’s health suffering due to inability to pay,

Source: “Parents’ PERSPECTIVES ON THEIR Children’s HEALTH INSURANCE:the PLIGHT of the UNDERINSURED,” American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting, abstract only, October 3, 2010,

Health care coverage for Children

Editor’s note: We are moving in the right direction on providing health care to our children — without a major health care overhaul.


In 2007, of the 73.9 million children in the United States, 89% had health insurance, up from 88% in 2006. 

Source: “America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009,” the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 

July 15, 2009 | Categories: healthcare | Tags: , , | Comments (0)