An editorial that recently appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine states that children get the recommended care from their doctors less than half of the time. While doctors rated best for acute problems, such as upper-respiratory infections, proper care chronic conditions such as asthma were around 53%, and preventive care: 41%.
Steve - this follows the model of how doctors are educated: ignore prevention...treat the symptoms when an issue becomes acute. And in the case of treating chronic conditions, the current health care model does not allow for proper care.
It's not just adults getting the shaft folks, our children are as well, as anyone who read UNICEF's 2007 Child Well-Being Report Card can attest.