Limited Access to Specialty Care
Specialty care services, such as pediatric cardiology, neurology, and oncology, are essential for children with complex medical conditions or chronic illnesses. However, accessing specialty care services can be challenging for families, particularly those from low-income or rural areas. Children may face long wait times to see a specialist. Families may need to travel long distances or take time off work to attend appointments. In addition, the high cost of specialty care services can also be a significant barrier to access. These barriers can result in delayed diagnoses and treatment, which can worsen health outcomes and reduce the quality of life for children and their families.