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Dr apts. responsibility

When did you start scheduling your own doctors appointments?

How old were your "kids" when they started scheduling their own, and going on their own?
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Re: Dr apts. responsibility

They started scheduling their own appointments when they went to college.
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Re: Dr apts. responsibility

I started scheduling my own appointments in college because I went to the student health center.

My kids schedule their own dentist appointments, but that's because the dentist office sets up the next appointment before they leave. My DD, who goes to college out of town, sets up her own appointments for more urgent health care needs but will ask me to set up her appointments for more general things (like her GP) or even her hair appointments for when she comes home. My DS handles his own appointments.

I stopped going with them on a gradual basis, starting with stepping out of the room for DS's "turn your head and cough" exam and continuing through high school when I'd suggest I sit in the waiting room while they were in with the doctor. DS always took me up on it, DD always wanted me in the exam room with her until she was in college. Dentist appointments were a different story - once DS got a driver's license and we got an HSA credit card that I could give them to pay with, I never went to another dentist appointment.

I'll go with them when they want me to. Some appointments are scarier than others. But I'm very clear with them about HIPAA rules and now that they are over 18, they have the right to privacy. They generally sign the forms anyway.
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Re: Dr apts. responsibility

DS still wants me to go with him (but not into the exam room) for some appointments.

My DM handled all dental and specialist appointments when I was in college - for the normal stuff I just went to the health center.


I was just wondering what was "normal"/other's experiences.
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Re: Dr apts. responsibility

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I was just wondering what was "normal"/other's experiences.
"Normal" is exactly what you're doing. If DS wants you, go with him. If he needs you to make appointments for him while he's at school, do it.

My kids just were ready to do it themselves.
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