Another aspect of the medical home is the provision of referrals to specialty services. Parents who reported that their children needed a referral in order to see another doctor or receive services were asked how much of a problem it was to get such a referral for their children over the past 12 months.

Of those who needed a referral, 23.4 percent reported having a problem receiving this referral. Reported problems obtaining referrals were most common among uninsured children: 45.2 percent of uninsured children who needed referrals had difficulty receiving them, compared to 26.0 percent of children with public insurance and 18.6 percent of children with private insurance.

Children whose conditions have a greater impact on their daily lives are also more likely to report problems obtaining referrals. Of children whose conditions consistently affect their daily activities, often a great deal, 30.6 percent reported problems getting referrals when needed, compared to 15.4 percent of children whose daily activities are never affected by their conditions.

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