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Medical News & Perspectives
July 9, 2008

States Show Wide Discrepancies in Quality of Health Care for US Children

JAMA. 2008;300(2):159. doi:10.1001/jama.300.2.159

The quality of health care systems for children differs widely across the United States, according to a report released May 28.

The report, US Variations In Child Health System Performance: A State Scorecard (available at http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=687113), ranks the states based on 13 indicators of child health system performance, grouped into 5 categories: access, quality, costs, equity, and potential of the state’s children to lead healthy lives. The report, issued by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports independent research on health care issues, compared the care systems of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.