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PLACE OF PHYSICIAN CONTACT

Regardless of age or family income, most children with a usual source of health care received care at either a physician’s office or an HMO in 2002. Across all age groups, 31.4 percent of children living in poverty used a clinic or health center as their usual source of acute care, compared to 15.4 percent of children not living in poverty. Children with family incomes above poverty were less likely to obtain care at a hospital emergency department than children in poverty.

Graph: Place of Physician Contact[d]