As the nation attempts to come to grips with the problem of the uninsured and underinsured, especially the plight of children, Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children may be the best kept secret in health care.

Even though Shriners 19 orthopaedic hospitals and three burns institutes have provided totally free medical care for children for nearly 70 years, many pediatricians are unaware of their existence or the services they offer.

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