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Doris J. Biester & Barbara Velsor-Friedrich

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Chapter 13: Historical Overview of Health Care Delivery Models for Children and Their Families

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Historical Overview of Health Care Delivery Models for Children and Their Families
Historical overview of health care delivery models for children and their families
Doris J.Biester and BarbaraVelsor-Friedrich

Within the context of our current health care model, children occupy a small but important segment. Although most of the children in the United States are healthy and have lower per capita health care costs than adults, a small minority have chronic conditions or multiple complex health problems and hence an ongoing need for access to comprehensive physical and mental health care (Anthony, 1995). Children have special needs that must be met by the health care delivery system within a family context.

This chapter focuses on types of health care delivery models that have played a central role in child ...

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