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What to Do when Children Outgrow their Pediatrician

Posted on 20 March 2019 by (0)

What to Do when Children Outgrow their Pediatrician

It may look like you stepped into a pediatrician’s office yesterday for a first visit with your child. But, after some years of interacting with the pediatrician and making several phone calls late at night and even scheduling last minute appointments, the pediatrician may now feel like part of your family. Therefore, when making a transition to adult healthcare, saying goodbye might feel difficult.

But most importantly, bear in mind the fact that if this transition is made immediately, the experience can be anxiety-inducing and overwhelming for both the parent and the child. However, if it is planned accordingly and proper preparations are made, this transition can be smooth. Here is what you should do when your child outgrows their pediatrician.

Find a New Doctor

On attaining the legal age of 18 years, children can visit the primary care physician. This can be an internal medicine doctor, a family doctor, or a general practitioner. A pediatrician is trained to take care of children and teens. They may also provide healthcare longer if the child joins college until they are 21 years old. However, this varies from one healthcare professional to another. Therefore, ask to be sure.

Your pediatrician can also provide referrals or recommendations for a family doctor if your child has a condition that requires specialized care. This is very important especially if a child has a disability or a rare condition. It’s important to ensure that your child sees a doctor that is capable of addressing their healthcare needs comfortably and knowledgeably.

Choose Health Insurance

According to the Affordable Care Act, children are covered till they attain 26 years. Thus, whether the kids live at home, they married, or in college, they are still covered until they reach the age of 26 years. That means you can have a child that is employed in your policy. But this will expire once the child attains 26 years. When this happens, consider options like group coverage and individual health coverage.

Generally, the basis of adult health care is the patient’s responsibility. This responsibility is what brings control. That means on becoming adults, your children have the right to make medical decisions. They also have privacy about their medical conditions. But, as a responsible parent, teach children to be responsible for their healthcare management by taking a co-management approach. This will enable kids to play an active role that may include refilling prescriptions and scheduling appointments. You should also talk about healthcare with your kids before they outgrow their pediatrician to ensure a smooth transition.