How health care reform can benefit children and adolescents

image1-150x150The debates around federal health reform continue to involve complex decisions, and many of them originate from an “adult medicine” perspective.

Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals have taken leadership roles to assure that child health needs are appropriately recognized in the final legislation. Judy Palfrey, MD, Children’s Hospital Boston’s longtime chief of General Pediatrics, has been an eloquent and engaged voice for pediatric care and has spent a great deal of time in Washington recently in her role as president-elect of the AAP. Her recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine lays out some of the critical issues we have been watching and working as a child-health community.