Health Care for the Uninsured: Low-Income Parents' Perceptions of Access and Quality

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Health Care for the Uninsured: Low-Income Parents' Perceptions of Access and Quality

Abstract

This report uses the 2005 Kaiser Low-Income Coverage and Access Survey to examine low-income parents' perceptions of access and quality of care for the uninsured. The findings indicate that most low-income parents perceive that the uninsured do not have access to affordable medical and dental care and that the quality of care they receive is lower than for the insured. Low-income parents also have generally positive perceptions of Medicaid, indicating that efforts to increase eligibility and enrollment in Medicaid such as those included in current health care reform proposals would reduce uninsurance among this population.

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