THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOMEDid You Know?
Did you know that your child's primary care provider is his/her medical home? Your child's medical home is your best choice for coordinating your child's history and care. Taking your child to the doctor is only one type of doctor visit. Well-child visits are regular visits with your child's doctor when:
- Your child receives vaccination
- Your child's growth is measured
- You, as a parent, can raise concerns with your doctor that matter to you
- Your primary doctor forms valuable, trusting relationships with you and your child
- You and your child's primary doctor or pediatrician works with you to form a relationship with you and your child to develop a plan for your child's on-going care
- Visits may include screenings and a review of patient medical history
You may also take your child to the doctor when they are are not feeling well.
This is a sick visit. Your child's primary care provider is your child's medical home.Emergency?The Emergency Room (ER) is not your child's medical home. The ER is for emergencies only. An illness or injury is an emergency if:
Your child experiences a life threatening illness or injury
- Your child cannot wait for an appointment with your doctor
Another option is a walk-in urgent care facility, especially if you are away from home. If you use an urgent care center, remember to ask that your visit information be sent to your child's physician or primary care provider. Your medical home is your best choice for coordinating your child's health history.Always call your primary care provider for urgent care advice.There's no place like home!
(Information on this page was taken from Capital Blue Cross CHIP Newsletter).