I live in Oregon. I up until my daughter was 14 months old, took her to a local clinic where my decision to not vaccinate was not looked down on (at least openly) and I simply filled out a form stating I was declining to vaccinate. She is now 21 months old. She recently came down with the flu. We had placed her in OHP which is the Oregon Health Plan. I had to choose a doctor as her primary care physician (outside of the clinic she normally goes to) whom she has not yet seen.
I called the Medicaid office first to see if I was allowed to bring my child to the emergency room with out the doctors pre approval as she has been throwing up and had diarrhea as well. I was told that I would have to speak to the doctors office, and that if they decided the situation called for the emergency room then I would need a referral, unless it was life threading. To me my child vomiting and diarrhea is an emergency situation. So I took issue with the fact that I couldn't just bring her to an emergency room with out approval.
Well, I called the doctors office and spoke with a nurse about the flu like symptoms. She said I was not a patient since I had never been in, even though the doctors name is on my child's card as the PCP. She said I would have to first come in to the office to fill out forms before I could even think of making an appointment. I asked when I could do that and she said I might have to make an appointment to do that. She also said my medical records had to be transferred to them. She gave me advice about giving my child "pedylite" but inferred it would be too expensive for me to afford. She also said to cut out all milk and juice for then next 48 hours (my child is 21 months old) and she is only tolerating cheerios so for me to feed her only water and cheerios I would rather give her the milk even if I have to water it down for nutrition even if she will get diarrhea from it, its better then cheerios and water. Well so my request to either make an appointment with the doctor, or to go to the emergency room was denied.
Now on to the vaccination part:
The nurse then demanded to know if my child had had an 18 month check up, when I replayed her last check up was at 14 months She asked if my child has had her vaccinations up to date. I told her no my child hasn't had any vaccinations, to which she said 'none of them?" I explained to her she had been seeing a doctor and that that doctor had said it was ok and that I had signed the 'refusal to vaccinate form", the nurse laughed and said ' we know they never say its ok" , she then said that this doctor my daughters PP, would not take patients who did not vaccinate. I let her know that it was my choice, and she said that it was the doctors choice whether to take me as a patient or not. She let me know that the doctor might call me back to let me know if she would decide to accept me as a patient.. I asked so the doctor or you will call me back then? And she answered 'yes' I have not surprisingly, received any call back.
This really concerns me as I can now no longer 'establish' my child as a patient there. They apparently do not want Medicaid patients there, and definitely not ones who do not want to vaccinate their child. Here I was a concerned mother for my child being sick and instead of the nurse being concerned about the diarrhea and vomiting storms. I was given a lecture on vaccinations and made to feel like I'm putting my child in danger, when its the complete opposite. I understand they could not see my daughter unless her flu symptoms turned into dehydration. I also understand I did not need more fear put into me about having to get my daughter vaccinated, and the nurse acting as if she's going to let OHP know that I am not getting my child vaccinated.
When its my choice, they already know I sighed a religious exemption form too!, Now I am worried about what is going to happen and why the nurse had the right to act like this to me. Anyone else with a similar story and what did you do? Thank you.
I never experienced being treated this way about vaccine decisions and it totally threw me for a loop. Oh and I thought this was a liberal state and that many other people are doing the same things as me and either delaying or not doing any vaxing at all. In fact, my mother did the no vaxine thing for me and her other children and we all turned out fine.