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QuickStats: Percentage of Children Aged ≤17 Years Who Did Not Receive a Well-Child Checkup* in the Past 12 Months, by Health Insurance Status† and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2006–2010

The figure shows the percentage of children aged ≤17 years who did not receive a well-child checkup in the past 12 months, by health insurance status and age group, in the United States during 2006-2010, according to the National Health Interview Survey. The percentage of children aged ≤17 years who did not receive a well-child checkup was two to three times higher for children with no health insurance coverage compared with children with public or private coverage. Among children aged 0-2 years and 3-4 years, those with public health insurance coverage were more likely to lack a well-child checkup compared with those with private health insurance coverage. Among older children, little difference was observed between children with public or private health insurance. Overall, for each type of health insurance coverage, the percentage of children who did not receive a well-child checkup increased with age.

* Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population. One child aged ≤17 years was randomly selected per family; a parent or other knowledgeable adult provided information for the child. Information on well-child checkups was obtained from a question that asked, "During the past 12 months, did [child] receive a well-child check-up, that is a general check-up, when [he/she] was not sick or injured?" Unknowns with respect to well-child checkups and health insurance status were excluded from the denominators.

Health insurance status indicates coverage at the time of interview. Public coverage includes Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), state-sponsored or other government-sponsored health plans, Medicare (disability), or military health plans (TRICARE, VA, or CHAMP-VA). Children with both public and private insurance coverage were included in the private coverage category.

§ 95% confidence interval.

The percentage of children aged ≤17 years who did not receive a well-child checkup was two to three times higher for children with no health insurance coverage compared with children with public or private coverage. Among children aged 0--2 years and 3--4 years, those with public health insurance coverage were more likely to lack a well-child checkup compared with those with private health insurance coverage. Among older children, little difference was observed between children with public or private health insurance. Overall, for each type of health insurance coverage, the percentage of children who did not receive a well-child checkup increased with age.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2006--2010. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of children aged ≤17 years who did not receive a well-child checkup in the past 12 months, by health insurance status and age group, in the United States during 2006-2010, according to the National Health Interview Survey. The percentage of children aged ≤17 years who did not receive a well-child checkup was two to three times higher for children with no health insurance coverage compared with children with public or private coverage. Among children aged 0-2 years and 3-4 years, those with public health insurance coverage were more likely to lack a well-child checkup compared with those with private health insurance coverage. Among older children, little difference was observed between children with public or private health insurance. Overall, for each type of health insurance coverage, the percentage of children who did not receive a well-child checkup increased with age.


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