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OK this is kind of a odd question because I 100% familiar with HIPAA and how pertains to adults. now when it comes to minors i am not so sure. I have been confronted with this today at my daughters pediatric dentist. they have one exam room in which the parents stay with the child and hold them on the lap etc. its not a real exam room. but today the nurse I guess if she( my daughter) would be OK going back by herself. I was like can I go. and she was like no at a certain age we like them to go with out the parent etc and HIPAA and I questioned it. She would be fine with out me but i don;t want her alone at 3 1/2 in the dentist chair. she also told me it was always the policy of the office. this makes me really uncomfortable. I go there because my insurance is accepted there. I do not want her alone and it is me but still at 3 1/2 i do not think they should even offer and I really do not think HIPAA is set up for that reason for a child that young. It's not the first time this has happened. I gave blood once and my daughter couldn'tt even stand by me or anything during the question and answer time. it was just weird. So I was going to just look it up but I thought I would ask here first.Answer Question
Answer by kmath at 6:22 PM on Sep. 24, 2012
Answer by Mrs_Harsh at 6:22 PM on Sep. 24, 2012
Well, they need to discuss a child's treatment w/ the parent, so that HIPPA law & they way they do things, esp. if you are uncomfortable with it, just doesn't fly. Find a new dentist.
Answer by mrsmom110 at 6:28 PM on Sep. 24, 2012
They need your permission to do work. My dentist likes to take the kids by themselves as well, but I think it's because at a certain age they want to act more brave if they don't have their parents there so they can fall apart. My DD will cry much easier if I am around than if I am waiting in the other room. They do exams on the kids in chairs right next to each other, so I can't see how HIPPA would be an issue at this point. It's not like they are getting privacy anyhow.
Answer by QuinnMae at 6:31 PM on Sep. 24, 2012
HIPPA is weird- the Ped will talk to me about everything but sexual activity and drug use, claiming HIPPA.
Answer by feralxat at 6:33 PM on Sep. 24, 2012
Answer by layh41407 at 6:49 PM on Sep. 24, 2012
It has nothing to do with HIPPA (and yes, as a medical professional I know all about it) - a lot of ped. dentist office do things this way, especially for routine stuff. The child does better with out the parent there making them nervous. Both my kids go back alone now... but I sign off on the treatment plan first... if anything changes the dentist or hygienist has me come back in to show me or discuss it. Pretty standard procedure for what I have seen & heard.
Answer by Crafty26 at 7:11 PM on Sep. 24, 2012
Answer by LostSoul88 at 7:19 PM on Sep. 24, 2012
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