When money is tight many families make tough choices.
A new study indicates the recent recession appears to have forced families to make tough choices about care for children with chronic physical or emotion problems..
Researchers tracked out-of-pocket costs for families with private health insurance carriers from 2001 to 2009.
They were particularly interested in spending for children with special health care needs.
Children with asthma, depression, ADHD or a physical limitation would fit in this category.
Adults cut spending on their own care by an average of $40 if they had children without chronic conditions.
In families with special-needs kids, adults pared their own medical bills by an average of about $65 during each year of the recession.
Spending on children with special health care needs fell even further, by about $73 each year of the recession.
Nearly one in five children in the United States meets the criteria for having a special health care need.
The study appears in the June issue of the journal, Health Affairs.