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Treating Children with Throat Infections

Look for differences of at least four percent.

Smaller differences often are not significant

Treating Children with Throat Infections

How HMOs scored on meeting national standards of care
  • 0% (Worse)
  • (Better) 100%
Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 87% Horizontal bar, 87 units
Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 70% Horizontal bar, 70 units
Western Health Advantage 55% Horizontal bar, 55 units
Health Net of California, Inc. 40% Horizontal bar, 40 units
Blue Shield of California HMO 35% Horizontal bar, 35 units
Blue Cross HMO - CaliforniaCare 34% Horizontal bar, 34 units
CIGNA HealthCare of CA 34% Horizontal bar, 34 units
PacifiCare of California 34% Horizontal bar, 34 units
Aetna Health of California Inc. 30% Horizontal bar, 30 units

About This Rating

What Was Measured?

What percentage of children in the HMO, ages 2-18, who were diagnosed with pharyngitis (throat infection) and given an antibiotic medication, were tested for strep throat.

These results are based on a sample of HMO patient administrative records.

Why Is It Important?

A child who has a throat infection should be tested for strep throat before being treated. A throat culture is the test that tells the doctor whether or not your child has a strep infection and whether or not to prescribe antibiotics. Without the test, your child may be given an antibiotic when it is not needed. Good care means making sure children are tested for a strep infection before they are given antibiotics.