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Are well child checks really necessary?

Posted by on Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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 My two teens I never really took to the doctor unless they were sick and I haven't taken my almost-2-yo very often, either, but the doctor lectured me last time on the importance of well checks and I think it's silly. Why should I take off work, spend hours at the doctor's office, pay a $35 copay, only to be told that yes, she's perfectly healthy? If it's just for vaccinations, I can get those at the health department quicker, easier, cheaper, and on a better schedule for my work hours than at the pediatrician's office, and with a 15min wait time rather than 1h45min one.

So what do you think? Are well child visits to the doctor really necessary?

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emmy526
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM
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If there are no underlying issues with your child, I find them unnecessary as well. 

Bleacheddecay
by on Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM
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I don't think they are very useful to me but to a doctor who otherwise won't get paid I can see them thinking they are useful. LOL

frndlyfn
by Platinum Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM
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I think they are since you can catch possible issues before they get out of hand.  We are lucky with dd's insurance there is no copay and we do not have a long wait at the doctors office.  She is 7 now so only goes in for well check or if there is an illness I have a question about.

Ilaynasmommy
by Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM
I agree but i guess they are good for early intervention. I get stressed with them because i have small children.
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luvemboth
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM
We've never done a well check after they were a year old
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MrsErdos2011
by on Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM
I don't think they are very necessary but my son always happened to get an ear infection when he was due for one so I always kept the appointment. He hasn't been to a well child check in a little over a year.
1frog
by on Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:52 AM
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They're a catch-22 IMO. If you're child is deemed healthy, it seems like a waste of time, money, resources. However, if they find something, it's priceless. I did them with ds, the peace of mind was worth it to me. A $35 copay isn't that bad in my opinion.

Pukalani79
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

 This - with all three of mine, we've ended up either monitoring something or gotten help for an issue as a result of their well child checks. 

Quoting 1frog:

They're a catch-22 IMO. If you're child is deemed healthy, it seems like a waste of time, money, resources. However, if they find something, it's priceless. I did them with ds, the peace of mind was worth it to me. A $35 copay isn't that bad in my opinion.

 

Mom2Just1
by Mom2boys on Jan. 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

I find them necessary. It takes 30 minutes tops for our apps.  I pay no co pay because my insurance deems them cost preventive.  

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KelliansMom
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM
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All preventive care is covered and now co pay is needed with our insurance. We as adults should get a yearly physical too. I find them helpful for making sure things are going right in track with my son. But at the same time I do think it's up to the parents to decide what is right for their family.
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