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Reported by: Stephanie Beecken The future of children's health care is heavily debated by the gubernatorial candidates. According to one local pediatrician, more than 13% of children in North Carolina are uninsured and many of those with insurance can't afford to go to the doctor for preventative care. Megan Miner's husband lost his job earlier this year. That caused their two children to be uninsured. After months of being uninsured, her kids qualified for Medicaid. "My step-daughter needs to go to a specialist right now for a few visits, and trying to find one who accepted Medicaid has taken almost two months to get those appointments started." That is a problem pediatrician Dr. David Hill knows all too well. "If children become uninsured, the numbers of doctors they can see goes way down and there are no pediatric practices in Wilmington except for one that are taking on new Medicaid patients." This is only one reason why the future of children's health care has become a focal point in the gubernatorial race. "Pat McCrory's plan focuses on providing a child health insurance income tax credit for families to make it easier for them to buy insurance. And that's certainly helpful however he doesn't seem to have a plan to help the families who simply can't afford it. Bev Perdue's plan as she's laid it out has a lot more emphasis on addressing those children who simply have no insurance and can't afford it," said Dr. Hill. Dr. Hill said neither candidate has given clearly detailed plans as to where the money would come from to make their ideas reality. Miner hopes whoever wins is able to help her family. Preventative care is one of the first things that financially struggling parents cut according to Dr. Hill. He says if politicians could make that care more affordable, money could be saved in the long run by preventing more long term serious issues.

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Dr. Hill...

"Preventative care is one of the first things that financially struggling parents cut according to Dr. Hill. He says if politicians could make that care more affordable, money could be saved in the long run by preventing more long term serious issues." Dr. Hill, If what you say is true, then what do you propose doing to lower the cost of preventive care? Lower the fees you charge? Or are you looking for socialized medicine? Why is it the politicians job to provide health care? Isn't that why YOU went to medical school? Come back and comment on who you're supporting for President. I'll bet it's No-bama. When he does socialize healthcare in this country, don't come crying when your income drops. I personally am not in favor of my tax dollars going to deadbeat parents who don't provide heathcare or health insurance for the children when they can afford it. They'll skip providing what's important for their children, but not skip out on the cigarettes and booze.

LOL

so basically this is an Obama ad...right? WE who have succeeded in life should have to dish out for the have nots??? Socialism...its whats for dinner..and it's going to give us ALL food poisoning!

medicaid

I work for Dr. Batish in Leland, NC. I saw this story on the news tonight and heard Dr. Hill say there is only 1 doctor in Wilmington taking new Medicaid patients. I wanted to let people know we are always taking new patients with Medicaid, children and adults. The only catch is this, if you have a medical facility listed on your card you'll have to call your case worker and have it changed to Batish Family Medicine. If there isn't a facility listed on the card, you can go where ever you want. We also take most other insurances too. We are not that far from Wilmington. We are on Village Road in Leland, between the CVS and Walgreens. Our phone is 910-383-1500.

I will

agree as Dr. Bahtish is a great doctor and a great person.