Outgrowing Your Pediatrician

Growing Kids = Growing Medical Needs

Helping your children transition into adulthood is all about preparing them for the responsibilities that lie ahead. That includes helping them move from a pediatrician to an adult Primary Care Physician (PCP) once they turn 18. Here are a few tips for a smooth transition:

Find the right doctor. The AvMed website makes it easy for you and your children to search for an in-network doctor that’s a good fit. If you have questions, or require assistance, contact AvMed’s Member Engagement Center at the number listed on the back of your AvMed Member ID card.

Transfer relevant records. Your children will need to transfer their medical history to the new physician, including immunization and medication files.

Stay informed. Make sure your children understand that any legal responsibility for their care will fall to them; if they want a parent to participate after they turn 18, they will need to sign a consent form. While some PCPs only accept patients once they reach age 18, others will accept new patients at age 16 or 17. Be sure to ask about age requirements when calling the new provider.

 

Click here to help your child find a doctor.