National Indicators > Impact on Families

Financial Burden

To further assess the financial impact of a child’s condition on his or her family, the survey asked whether the child’s condition had caused a financial problem. It was reported that over 18 percent of CSHCN have conditions that create financial problems for their families.

The financial burden appears to be greatest for the families of CSHCN who are uninsured. Nearly 42 percent of uninsured CSHCN live in families that reported a financial problem, compared to 20 percent of those with only public coverage and 15 percent of those with only private insurance.

Families of children whose conditions affect their abilities usually, always, or a great deal are also the most likely to report experiencing financial problems. One-third of children whose conditions usually or always affect their abilities live in families who report experiencing financial problems, compared to only 7.5 percent of children whose conditions never affect their abilities.

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