PLACE OF PHYSICIAN CONTACT
Most children with a usual source of care, regardless
of age and racial and ethnic group, went to physicians'
offices and HMOs for health care in 2000. Children
with family income above poverty were approximately
five times more likely to seek care through a physician's
office or HMO compared to a clinic or health center.
Children with family income below poverty were more
likely to use a clinic or health center as their usual
source of care than were non-poor children. A greater
proportion of younger low-income children attended
clinics and health centers than adolescents. Most
children reported the hospital emergency department
as the least utilized source of care.