ERs do NOT provide treatment for chronic conditions. They do not, for example provide insulin for children with diabetes... they do not provide chemotherapy for children with leukaemia.
And children DO die. Not often, because childhood deaths are uncommon anyway. But they do happen.
One example - Life and Death Chikd Health Reform
And also from childrensdefense.org:
Uninsured Children & Pregnant Women in America
- 9 million children – that's one in nine – have no health insurance. Millions more children are underinsured―with health plans that seriously limit their access to critical services such as vision and dental care, prescription drugs and mental health care.
- A child is born uninsured every 39 seconds. That’s more than 2,200 children each day.
- About 800,000 pregnant women are uninsured, while each year, approximately 28,000 infants die in America before they can reach their first birthday.
- One out of 8 Black children is uninsured. One out of 5 Hispanic children is uninsured, compared with one out of every 13 White children. The disproportionate lack of health coverage is one of many disadvantages that can affect a minority child's chances of growing up in excellent health.
Having Insurance Makes a Real Difference for Children
- Uninsured children are almost 9 times as likely to have a medical need that goes unmet than a child with health coverage, and are 5 times as likely as an insured child to go more than 2 years without seeing a doctor. Regular health screenings help doctors identify and treat problems preventively and are crucial to a child's healthy development.
- An estimated two-thirds of children and youth with mental health needs are not getting the help they need. In fact, unmet need is as high today as it was 20 years ago. Children without mental health coverage are at risk of entering the Pipeline.
- Uninsured children are more than 4 times as likely as an insured child to have an unmet dental health need. In 2000, children missed more than 51 million hours of school because of dental-related illness.
- Uninsured children are more likely than insured children to perform poorly in school; in contrast, enrolling children in health coverage has been associated with greatly improved school performance.