Military families of the United States face challenges in getting health care for Children

Military families
By | August 9, 2019

A study shows that the American families having military health insurances might experience difficulties more likely for accessing health care than the civilian families having other kinds of medical benefits.

Researchers have examined some survey data that was collected from 84,783 families having children under the age of 18 between the years 2007 to 2015. Almost two percent of the kids had insurance through the Tricare which is a U.S. health program for the service members along with their families; another thirty-seven percent were covered by various other health programs of the government like Medicaid; Fifty-one percent of them had private health insurance whereas ten percent remained uninsured.

Overall the kids that were covered by Tricare had more chances of having a usual source of care than the children having other kinds of benefits. But the children that had special needs and the kids having behavioral health problems seemed to have lesser access to healthcare with Tricare than with any other kinds of coverage.

A researcher at Birmingham and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and The Women’s Hospital, Dr. Muhammad Ali Chaudhary, said that the optimum care of children having special healthcare needs rely on a well-integrated system as well as the continuity of care.

He said that the relocation which was a common phenomenon in the military families was associated with the disruption of care as well as the need for the re-establishment of care in new locations. He added that this might prevent the patients from getting the experience of integrated healthcare that they needed.