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Old 11-06-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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The value of well child checks

We recently switched to insurance that is basically for catastrophic illness only. Our well child checks will all be out of pocket. We do not vax right now, so what is the point of going? I can buy a scale to track growth at home for much cheaper than just one appointment.

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:05 PM   #2
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We do ours but only because we vaccinate. And we like having a relationship with our pediatrician. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't bother.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:08 PM   #3
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Re: The value of well child checks

I think it is nice to establish a relationship with the office so you know if is a good fit your family. I am crazy when my kids are sick, so the last thing I want to deal with is an office of people really don't care for or think have our best interests in mind.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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I've been told they are basically just to check how the vaccinations went (here in Canada you get your vaccines at a Health Unit then you have your well visits around the same time at a doctors office)
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We don't do them. I don't have insurance and I keep a close eye on their health myself. I'm sure that I would notice if there wa s something wrong before a doctor would.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:40 PM   #6
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We don't do them. I don't have insurance and I keep a close eye on their health myself. I'm sure that I would notice if there wa s something wrong before a doctor would.
This has been my thought since our insurance changed. I'm wondering how many people have had serious illnesses that were diagnosed during a well visit. Personally I don't know anybody. Everyone that I know who has a serious health condition had symptoms that they went to their doctor about.

With my other kids, the pediatrician found some weird concern with each child and made us do all this extra and expensive testing with specialists. It always ended up that there was nothing wrong at all. It caused lots of worry, and now it would cause a lot of extra expenses as well. The one and only concern I did ever have was never addressed by our pediatrician, despite constant inquiries about it. Needless to say, we have since switched pediatricians.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:41 PM   #7
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Re: The value of well child checks

I didn't value them until I switched to a wonderful ped. who included a long list of questions with each of her well-baby appts. Lots of developmental questions that I have to answer. At the old doctor he never did any of that so well baby check ups seemed pointless. Come to find out my son had some very concerning dev. issues and he needed a CT Scan, PT, and other assistance. Had I known earlier (taken him to a real ped. for wellbaby checkups) we could have intervened earlier and saved him a lot of work and grief.... been more ontop of it all.
Now I do well baby checkups (usually a month behind schedule) and then do yearly well visits for the older kids.
My Ped. is a great mix of holistic and western and so her care is very well-rounded and I value her input (she also helped notice some dev. lag in my 3rd son and set up PT for him to master some baby skills that were lacking... didn't roll over, go from laying to sitting, etc. for too long of time... 6 sessions later and he was on track).
I also like that she sees the kids healthy and has a good view of what they are like normally, our style of raising, and so knows a little better when something is off
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:50 PM   #8
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We no longer do well visits. We do not vaccinate and you don't see the same Ped at our clinic anymore since switching to Mayo Health. I also have a Ped in my family, so I talk to her about things. If I have a concern I'd bring them in and I do have education in child development.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:23 PM   #9
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Re: The value of well child checks

If I had to pay out of pocket and did not vaccinate, I could skip them.

You can find the ASQ developmental surveys online if you are just interested in knowing more detailed information about how your child is doing. They're self explanatory to grade for anyone who's ever done a quiz from a magazine. They were useful to us to see that DD wasn't gaining verbally and then to see that she is now back on par with her age group.

depends on how paranoid you are, really

here are some of the ASQ surveys:
http://www.wrnmmc.capmed.mil/Health%.../AllItems.aspx
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Re: The value of well child checks

We don't do them even though they are just a cheap copay for us. We don't vaccinate either. I just stopped seeing the point in paying even $25 in order to haul the kids there, pick up some virus in the waiting room, wait in the exam room for 15 minutes, and then have the doctor come in and tell me what I already knew (that my kids are fine), and then listen to him try to convince me to parent differently. Now I just take them in when they are really sick. Which has not happened in well over a year.
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