More poor children die at hospitals, analysis finds

12/20/2012 | Reuters

The number of deaths at children's hospitals among youths from the poorest neighborhoods was 29% higher than among those from the wealthiest areas, according to a study of more than 1 million admissions at 42 free-standing facilities. The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers said the link between socioeconomic status and pediatric mortality was persistent among neonatal, heart, gastrointestinal, neurology and surgery patients, but had no impact on patients with cancer, respiratory disorders or infectious diseases.

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