Well-child visits, or checkups, are an important means of making sure that children's growth and development is on target, identifying physical or developmental problems at an early stage, and delivering preventive care such as immunizations.  Although specific guidelines vary, experts generally agree that children should have a checkup every year or every other year between ages three and six.
     
For each Minnesota HMO, the table below shows the percentage of children ages 3 to 6 who had a well-child visit during 2002, by type of insurance coverage.  HMOs were not required to report this measure for children with private insurance in 2002.
     
 
Medicaid
MinnesotaCare
Blue Plus
48.3%
48.1%
First Plan
64.4%
61.3%
Group Health
NA
NA
HealthPartners
65.6%
57.2%
Medica
56.1%
56.8%
Metropolitan
63.0%
73.5%
Preferred One
NA
NA
Sioux Valley
NA
NA
UCare
58.6%
59.4%
     
     
NA = Not applicable, no members enrolled in this type of coverage.
NR = Not reported.
     
Results are not adjusted for differences in age, gender, health status, region of residence, or difference in level of insurance coverage of health plan members.  In addition, the method used to calculate these rates varies across health plans.  For this reason, caution should be used in making direct comparisons across health plans and/or type of insurance coverage.
     
     
Data source: HMO reports to the Minnesota Department of Health for calendar year 2002.

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