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US kids without insurance miss doctor visits

Last Updated: 2004-08-03 16:16:45 -0400 (Reuters Health)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly half of the 8.5 million U.S. children who lack health insurance have not seen a doctors or nurse for a medical check-up in the past year, according to a study published on Tuesday.

One third of uninsured children have no regular source of medical care such as a pediatrician, meaning they are probably going to be taken to an emergency room for routine needs, the study found.

"What these data tell us is what low-income working parents across this nation already know - that not having health insurance is bad for our nation's children," said Dr. John Lumpkin of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which released the study.

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