TABLE 5.

Method of Provider Choice, Among Children With a Specific Clinician

Provider Was Assigned to ChildProvider Was Assigned to Child or Originally Assigned to Other Family MemberTotal N
%P Value%P Value
Health care setting
 Private or group practice8<.0110<.01595
 CHC/public clinic1827146
 Hospital clinic283357
Insurance
 Private7.019<.01432
 Public and private1012135
 Public2026223
 Uninsured194249
Managed care
 Required to sign up with PCP10.4114.67430
 No PCP requirement1216391
 Need approval for specialty care12.7616.77488
 No approval required1114310
Region
 Northeast7.349.17150
 Midwest914168
 South1319274
 West1313247
Special health needs
 CSHCN13.6416.8361
 Not CSHCN1014759
Health status
 Excellent/very good10.1713.05696
 Good/fair/poor1624143
Child race/ethnicity and parent acculturation
 Non-Hispanic white8<.0112.01317
 Black1624138
 Hispanic, more acculturated1720124
 Hispanic, less acculturated2627101
Maternal education
 Less than high school24<.0128.01143
 High school815256
 More than high school911440
Income
 <$17 50021<.0124<.01195
 $17 500–35 00089210
 $35 000–60 000915171
 >$60 00077176
  • * Method of choosing child’s clinician is assignment by a clinic or health plan, rather than being recommended by someone, already using the provider for another family member, or selected from a list, among children with a specific clinician.

  • Method of choosing child’s clinician is assignment by a clinic or health plan, either for the child or originally for someone else in the family.