Swine Flu with No Insurance: What if ??

What would happen if your child got the Swine flu but, like the 8.8 million other children in the U.S., you have no health insurance? Well, chances are you would want to keep her at home. But if you are working a job with little flexibility, she will likely go to school when she is already feeling badly because you have no care for her at home.

She will likely spread the flu to her classmates and friends. Uninsured children tend to be sick more often because of a lack of preventative care. They miss more school and parents miss more work as a result of the needed care.

She likely wouldn’t visit the doctor at all. Children without insurance are more likely to forego or delay care that they need. So she would not receive the benefits of available flu medications.
This means she will be sick longer and possibly develop complications. At that point, when the fever worsens, for example, you have to take her to a doctor. Children who are uninsured are more likely to lack a usual source of care, like a pediatrician. So chances are you’ll take her to emergency. The overuse of emergency rooms by the uninsured is costly for everyone.
If she develops pneumonia or some other complication from the flu, the complication is more likely to progress into something chronic. Many adult chronic and recurring illnesses have their origins in childhood.
These outcomes are costly and continue to cost into adulthood.
I would love to see health coverage for all children. Then children can get preventative care and early interventions. And when things get serious, like cancer, I’d love to avail them to treatments that would allow them a chance to heal.
Congress is writing legislation now that will impact health care for all Americans. If we don’t speak now for children’s needs in health reform, they may be overlooked. One uninsured child impacts us all. Share your support and views at



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