Society Letters

Letters to House and Senate Appropriations Leaders on FY 2021 Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program

March 23, 2020

To: House and Senate Appropriators 

"Currently, there is not only a shortage but also a significant disparity in the geographic distribution of pediatric medical subspecialists, pediatric surgical specialists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, and advanced practice professionals trained to treat children in need of specialty care. As a result, children and their families often face long wait lists to see subspecialists, travel long distances to find needed care, or go without needed care altogether. Recent survey data show that appointment wait times for certain pediatric subspecialty care at children's hospitals far exceed the prevailing benchmark of two weeks. For instance, a child showing signs of autism spectrum disorder waited 18.7 weeks on average to see a developmental pediatrician, delaying by months the opportunity for critical early interventions in the case of a diagnosis."

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