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Personal Doctor or Nurse

The survey also asked whether children have one or more personal doctors or nurses, defined as the health care provider or providers who know the child best. Because the health conditions and risks faced by CSHCN can be complex, having such a consistent source of care can be especially important.

Overall, 94 percent of CSHCN are reported to have at least one personal doctor or nurse and 6.5 percent do not have any. The proportion of children who lack a personal health care provider is highest among children in low-income families, of whom 11 percent do not have such a provider. Among children with family incomes of 400 percent of poverty or more, 3.3 percent lack a personal doctor or nurse.

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