California children with special healthcare needs receive worse care than those in most other states, according to an analysis by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.
The foundation ranked California 46th in effective coordination of medical care and 50th for referrals to specialty care.
Children with chronic physical, developmental or emotional problems need special care. About 1 million such children live in California, according to the Palo Alto-based foundation, which was founded in 1997 to increase the quality and accessibility of children's healthcare. More than 40% of children with complex health needs have trouble finding doctors and getting appointments, the report said.