Major Gaps In Care For Children With Chronic And Terminal Illnesses Plagues Coachella Valley
While there are pediatricians and emergency room care for common childhood diseases and injuries, most patients 17 and under who require a subspecialist must travel at least an hour away.
The Desert Sun:
Parents, Healthcare Providers Agree: Pediatric Care In The Coachella Valley Is Lacking. What Is The Remedy?
Even with three hospitals and numerous urgent and specialty care facilities to serve the growing Coachella Valley population, there are major gaps in care for children with chronic and terminal illnesses. While there are pediatricians and emergency room care for common childhood diseases and injuries, most patients 17 and under who require a subspecialist – such as an oncologist, endocrinologist, pulmonologist or cardiologist – must travel at least an hour away to one of Southern California’s children’s hospitals. The trips are costly, often requiring a full day off work for parents and missed school time for the kids. Transportation can be a problem, as well. (Barkas, 4/30)
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Ventura County Star:
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