Economic Turmoil and Craniofacial Care: The Impact of a National Recession on Children with Cleft Lip/Palate Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Eggleston, Allison Cavenaugh
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
  • This study describes the impact of the recent economic recession on family financial security and health care access, with respect to multidisciplinary craniofacial treatment. Recruitment via a cleft/craniofacial parent website/email included English literate U.S. respondents with internet access, who were parents/legal guardians of a child (<18y.o.) with cleft lip and/or palate. A survey linked to the AmeriFace® website (October 2010-January 2011) collected 207 eligible responses; economic effects and perceived barriers to care were queried. Reduced income (48%), transportation costs (52%), and decreased work flexibility (35%) directly affected access to craniofacial care. Insurance premiums and co-pays/deductibles were perceived barriers independent of the economy (45% and 53%, respectively); however, the recession was seen to increase their impact (57% and 61%, respectively) and 12% lost insurance benefits entirely. Despite most participants being affluent, well-educated, and White, significant barriers to obtaining craniofacial care not only exist but have increased due to the recent economic recession.
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