Study: Active Parental Involvement In Children’s Health Care Can Lower Costs

A new study finds that active parental involvement in children’s health care decisions can help improve outcomes and lower health care spending. According to research published in Pediatrics, “parents who report having an increased involvement in making decisions about their children’s medical treatment are more likely to see lower risks of their kids going to the emergency room or being hospitalized.” Health care spending also dropped from $2,000 in the first year to $1,700 in the second year “if families had a growing part in making decisions.”