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November 10, 1993

Children's Hospitals Say About Health Care Reform, `One Size Won't Fit All'

JAMA. 1993;270(18):2151-2152. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510180017003

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WHILE APPLAUDING President Clinton's efforts to reform the nation's health care system, representatives of children's hospitals say that the president's plan needs special tailoring to fit the needs of children.

"At a time when one in every three children in the United States depends either on Medicaid or on charity to pay for health care, we commend the president's efforts to move the nation toward comprehensive health care reform," says Lawrence A. McAndrews, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions Inc (NACHRI), Alexandria, Va.

Speaking at the NACHRI's first international conference on child health, held in Atlanta, Ga, McAndrews said that reform is needed to "enhance both medical security for the nation's 65 million children and peace of mind for their parents."

However, "NACHRI neither endorses nor rejects the Clinton plan in full," he says. "It is a good plan to work