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America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013

Indicators Needed

Health Care

This report provides information on a limited number of key indicators on health care. Information on other aspects of health care is needed in order to better understand the effect of health care on children's well-being. Additional indicators are needed on:

  • Adequacy of health insurance coverage. This report contains information on whether children had health insurance coverage for at least part of the previous calendar year. Information is also needed on patterns of insurance coverage and on the characteristics of the child's insurance plan to determine whether the plan is adequate to meet health care needs.
  • Quality and content of health care. This report contains information on children's usual source of health care and some aspects of health care utilization (e.g., immunizations), but additional regularly collected data are needed on the content and the quality of health care that children receive. High-quality health care has been defined as care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered.