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Old 05-13-2013, 02:20 PM   #31
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We have a ped here who said that Blue Cross is penalizing doctors who have patients that are not following the normal vax schedule. My friend had to move her three kids. I don't even see how it's legal for insurance companies to "penalize" anyone for not vaccinating.

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Old 05-13-2013, 02:21 PM   #32
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If you are refusing well-child visits, I'd just keep doing what you are doing. I wouldn't bring it up. If you do, the doc may drop you. But if you just keep not doing them, nothing will change.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:22 PM   #33
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I've thought about making an appointment with him and asking him face to face if he'll see my kids... but - again - I don't want any confrontation. I'm a wuss IRL.
Omg! I'd be talking to that doc asap! He sounds like a dream.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:30 PM   #34
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What is a D.O.?
Doctor of osthepathic medicine. They supposedly take a more holistic approach to medicine. I worked for an OBGYN who was a DO, he practiced exactly like my personal OBGYN who is an MD. I would not assume they will treat you any differently than an MD until you meet them and confirm. He said he went to the first school of medicine he got accepted to, along with a large portion of his classmates.
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Could you keep track at home of weight and length/height and then when you go in for sick visits you can show it to them? Maybe that will back her off?
Can you request a meeting with the Ped? That way you can express your concerns to him?
BTW It is normal to not to check ups on sick visit days. That is why it is a well check. To make sure they are in deed well.
Could you do every 2 month visits as the Ped said and if miss snotty nurse says anything say the Ped said it is fine?
Just ideas. I wouldn't want to lose the Ped and they can fire you if you don't comply.
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:04 PM   #36
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Could you keep track at home of weight and length/height and then when you go in for sick visits you can show it to them? Maybe that will back her off?
Can you request a meeting with the Ped? That way you can express your concerns to him?
BTW It is normal to not to check ups on sick visit days. That is why it is a well check. To make sure they are in deed well.
Could you do every 2 month visits as the Ped said and if miss snotty nurse says anything say the Ped said it is fine?
Just ideas. I wouldn't want to lose the Ped and they can fire you if you don't comply.
This is literally -- exactly-- what I was going to come on here and say.

I ordered a scale off amazon that I use at home (about $38). Its a nb to toddler scale. I take my nb weight about 2 times a month. I do this b/c I have a history of not making enough milk. We don't vax or do well checks. My ped is ok with this as long as I am weighing my infants at home. He says poor weight gain is the only real danger of skipping well checks - b/c it's really an area where it can be sorta a "silent" problem. He says all other things, you are really gonna know that there's a problem.

I put those weights on my calendar and then, when I do go in, I have my doc input them in their chart.

When we have had weight gain probs in the past, he had me call them in and they entered them on their chart and made sure the child was "on track".

Granted, I have THE WORLDS BEST doctor, but I think you could easily do this with yours - track the weights and have them enter them in the charts when you come in.

The doc has every right to "fire" you as a patient if you don't comply with their office policies. I imagine this is for liablility purposes. Many of my friends have been fired from their peds. Since it sounds like you don't have a lot of other options, you need to make sure that you and the doc are on the same page and can come to an agreement that makes you both comfortable.
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It's not just height//weight, but they also look for other developmental problems. I know a woman whose kid had mild cerebral palsy and wasn't diagnosed until they were 7. I do think having an MD for these visits is probably overkill but it makes sense to have at least a nurse practitioner do it.

Anyway, the well child visits exist because some parents are ****ty. They have no idea if you're weighing/measuring at home, and even if you are, if you would recognize an anomaly in height/weight/head circumference. That's where they are coming from. They don't know you, they just know that parents who don't bring their kids in are at greater risk in general. She may seem snotty but she's just trying to look out for the kids' best interest.
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It's not just height//weight, but they also look for other developmental problems. I know a woman whose kid had mild cerebral palsy and wasn't diagnosed until they were 7. I do think having an MD for these visits is probably overkill but it makes sense to have at least a nurse practitioner do it.

Anyway, the well child visits exist because some parents are ****ty. They have no idea if you're weighing/measuring at home, and even if you are, if you would recognize an anomaly in height/weight/head circumference. That's where they are coming from. They don't know you, they just know that parents who don't bring their kids in are at greater risk in general. She may seem snotty but she's just trying to look out for the kids' best interest.
I agree. They don't know why parents are not coming in for wellness checks. It's up the parent how the child is cared for but there are checks in place to protect the children whose parents are not caring for their health. If you're taking care of your child I would just yes them and move on with your day.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:56 AM   #39
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Just smile and say "ok" when they say stuff. It's unpleasant, but not worth the hassle of finding another doc. I have yet to find one in our new insurance network that takes unvaxed kids. The couple of times I have had to go for sick visits I just smile and say "ok" when they tell me they need to schedule vaccines. Mine are partially vaxed, but they are pushy about ALL vaccines.
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Every 2 months?? Wow. We were never asked to go in that often for our boys and we vaccinate. I am under the belief that you shouldn't be lectured and coerced into doing things. What else will they do it with? The next H1N1? I'd seriously evaluate my overall happiness and look for new drs if I felt I needed to.
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