Chipping away at health: More on the relationship between income and child health

Janet Currie, Wanchuan Lin

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Abstract

Low-income children are in worse health than other children are. This paper explores the extent to which insults to health and activity limitations are responsible. In the most recent National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, low-income children are more likely than other children to have virtually every measured chronic or acute condition and are more likely to be limited by these conditions. Mental health conditions are particularly common and limiting. But the higher incidence of measured conditions and limits does not explain all of the relationships between income and overall health status, which suggests that unmeasured illnesses and injuries are also involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-344
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy

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