Policy Documents

Private Prescriptions for Children's Health

Kristine Napier –
October 1, 1997
In this article for the Hoover Institution's Policy Review, Napier addresses health care for children.  The fact is that kids are less likely to receive health care attention than adults. They also lack necessary access to immunizations.  Children face longer odds of living a healthy life because of this lack of access. But federally funded medical coverage for uninsured children may not be the most effective way to reach the uninsured or provide quality care for kids. Over the last decade, privately funded solutions have been bridging the health gap for thousands of uninsured children. These community-based approaches provide a level of personal care frequently absent from Medicaid mills and other federal programs.