The University of Pennsylvania conducted a study with callers posing as mothers seeking to obtain pediatric specialty care for their children. It was found that two-thirds of all children on public insurance were refused by doctors, while only 11 percent of children with private insurance were
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The disparity didn’t end with a lower likelihood of obtaining appointments. The study also found that even when low-income kids were able to get an appointment, they had to wait much longer to see the doctor than children with private insurance. Even children with very serious conditions, such as diabetes, asthma or a bone fracture had to wait an average of 42 days to see the doctor. Children with private insurance only had to wait an average of 22 days.