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Health care poor for Hispanic kids

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DALLAS, Sep 27, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A West Texas study has found Mexican-American children experience more problems obtaining health care than non-Hispanic Anglos, officials reported Monday.

Researchers from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and Texas Tech Health Science Center conducted the study that was published this month in Medical Care, a journal of health management and policy.

The random sample of nearly 6,000 Mexican-American parents found they have greater difficulty obtaining medical care for their children and spend a longer time waiting in line to see a physician than do non-Hispanic Anglo parents.

The researchers also found children whose parents have lower incomes and children without health insurance experience greater problems obtaining health service.

"The health care system is not really meeting the needs of Hispanic children or their parents in a timely manner," said Ty Borders, associate professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center's School of Public Health and the study's lead author.

Although the study was conducted in West Texas, Borders said the findings can be applied to other parts of Texas and even the nation where there are large Hispanic populations.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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