Millions, that's right, millions of children don't receive the preventive tests and screenings deemed necessary for healthy growth and development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports this week.
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there is hope that these numbers will decrease, however, lack of health insurance coverage isn't always to blame: CBS reports that "some of the discouraging numbers are a result of lack of protocols at medical institutions and individual failures on part of health care providers."
"We must protect the health of all children," Dr. Stuart K. Shapira, chief medical officer and associate director for science in CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities said in the press release. "Increased use of clinical preventive services could improve the health of infants, children and teens and promote healthy lifestyles that will enable them to achieve their full potential."
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