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Journal Issue: Health Insurance for Children Volume 13 Number 1 Spring 2003

Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs
Peter G. Szilagyi

Introduction

One measure of a society's goodness is how well it cares for its children. This standard has particular importance for vulnerable groups of children, such as those facing special health challenges. Thus, the level of care that children with special needs receive through public programs could be seen as a critical marker of the success of the nation's publicly funded health insurance programs. This article reviews the characteristics of children with special health care needs, the types of publicly funded programs that serve them, and the challenges and opportunities involved with providing them with quality health care. It concludes by offering suggestions for improvement, such as enhancing outreach strategies and fostering collaboration across programs.