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United States budget supports child health

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7104.327j (Published 09 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:327
  1. Fred B Charatan
  1. Florida

    Healthcare coverage for children in the United States is to expand under the new budget endorsed by congress last week after lengthy negotiations. A new programme costing $24bn (£15bn) over five years will finance medical care for children without health insurance.

    Individual states will decide what health benefits to provide, but the services must be similar to those in government or private business and will include immunisation programmes and regular check up examinations. They will also decide whether the coverage will be provided …

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