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Medicaid parents incorrectly seek antibiotics

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Here’s another reason why Medicaid costs taxpayers so much money and why antibiotic resistance has become a serious public-health problem.

Reuters reports:

“Parents of children insured by Medicaid … are more likely to incorrectly assume antibiotics can treat colds and flu and seek these drugs when kids don’t actually need them, a study suggests.

“Parents surveyed in Massachusetts reported using antibiotics for their kids on average less than once a year, the study found. But when asked if antibiotics should be used for colds of flu, only 44 percent of the Medicaid parents correctly said ‘no,’ compared with 78 percent of parents with private coverage.”



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