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You could always schedule an interview & go in to see them. There's usually no charge for that.
Obviously that'll be a hassle if you have a big list, but you would know for sure.
Yeah, I remember asking the nurse at my MWs office about the gestational diabetes test (I had just transferred there from OBs). I may have said something like, "Is that really necessary?"
& she replied, "Oh yes, I'm pretty sure that's mandatory."
HCPs should never use the term "Mandatory" NOTHING IS EVER MANDATORY. (Well, OK, it could be their policy that, "You have this test or we drop you from care." But even then, they have to give 30 days notice &make sure I find another HCP or it is "patient abandonment" for which they can lose their license!! So the view that ANYTHING from a medical perspective is ever "mandatory" or "required" annoys me.
I will say that the CRNP at my pedis office said not-vaxing can be a problem if you're on medicare & they insist. Not sure if that's true - we're on private insurance through our employers. She just said, "Oh, you have private insurance, good, it's not a problem then." NEVER gave us any hassle. That's at Dr. Lazor's in Bel Air.
I have heard on several lists that you shouldn't bother asking office staff about vaxing policies. It's better to go in and talk to the Dr. about it. The % of patients that don't vax can be tied to insurance that a Dr. can accept and the office staff may not really be on the same page as the doc.
I found this true in my peds office and don't bother asking the office staff about anything out of the 'normal'.
While you're at it, you may want to also ask the ped not to send your childs information to Maryland's national vaccine registry. They automatically do unless you opt out. As far as I know, you can't even get the opt out forms on the web, you have to ask your Dr. about it.
to me, the best way to begin to narrow your list is to go about it the opposite way: put the list out there to likeminded friends and parents (such as here on MDC) and ask for their input on which dr's are supportive of parents making healthcare decisions for their own children. Then make meet and greet visits with those few that you get good rec's for.
you're right, the office staff generally has no clue. Even with our supportive ped (or maybe, ped who tolerates our decisions and doens't kick us out) the office staff is dumbfounded when I call to make an appt and we don't have the standard 2 mo, 4 mo, 6 mo, etc visits. And this is a place where numerous people are either non vaxing, minimal vaxing, or don't do the stardard WBV schedule.
They can't grill you on what your religious beliefs are.
but how do I go about finding out if they're open to not vaccinating? I've tried asking the office people and I just get a bunch of "but they have to!" type comments.
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