Pediatrics and children's health care are not synonymous. A pluralistic mix of physician specialists and nonphysician health care professionals provide services to this nation's children. There is unlikely to be a day in the foreseeable future when pediatric-trained professionals provide all services to children. Individuals 17 years and younger make about 23% of total visits to family physicians.1 Coherent workforce policy designed to strengthen children's health care must account for this diversity in medical training.
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