Children are not small adults; their biology differs from that of adults and therefore they have different medicine to treat the same illnesses that adults suffer from. Dr. Kurt Newman, President and CEO at Children’s National Health System, says that we don’t invest as much as we should in our children’s healths. When we don’t prioritize child’s health, we prevent early diagnosis of diseases and conditions that can alter a child’s life forever. Newman recommends that parents take their children to a specialized children’s hospital where the doctors, treatments, and equipment that are specifically designed for children.
Newman suggests that we need to make children’s health a national priority by specializing in treatments, equipment and doctors who know to treat children and their symptoms as those of children, not little adults. Newman also believes that the talks of cutting medicaid costs – that will impact over 30 million children – are short sighted because it will delay treatment that could occur at an earlier time and allow a child to live a more fulfilling life.
Dr. Kurt Newman, President and CEO, Children’s National Health System and author, Healing Children: A Surgeon’s Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine
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