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I have a question for those who have switched doctors. I like my doctor, as a person, but quite frankly he's let the ball drop with my kiddos. My mistake was taking the kids out of a ped practice and going to a family practice. I've got major mommy guilt about it. He missed my daughter's developmental delays - she has autism and didn't get a lick of services until she was old enough to start preschool.<br><br>
Now my son is underweight and has lost a few pounds lately and has shortness of breath suddenly. They wrote a scrip for an inhaler and singulair and said see ya next week. They did bloodwork (all came back normal) but other than that aren't addressing the nutrition issue.<br><br>
So I threw in the towel and made an appointment for him Monday with a pediatrics office. The question is how do I go about getting medical records over there. I doubt the office would give me all of the records by the end of business today so I won't have the files with me on Monday. I don't want to push his appointment off a week so the old office can get the files over so what do I do?
 

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All you need to do is go into the family doctor's office, fill out a medical release form, tell them who you want it to go to (pediatrician) and the fax number of the new ped's office. They take care of the rest. You'll want to do this at least a few days before your app't with the ped., and I would call the day ahead of time to make sure that they've received your records. Oops - just read that your dr. appointment is on Monday. I'd get it rescheduled for later next week. You're right, you won't be able to get the records over there soon enough.<br><br>
I changed ped's for similiar issues and no one ever got weird on me, although it felt funny to me - like I should have to explain myself. No one asked for an explanation.
 

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I switched dd's ped, but stayed within the same practice. We didn't have to switch records, but it was quite awkward. I will say, though, that trusting my gut and switching to a new ped was the best decision we made. Her new ped really listens to me, is thorough when he reviews her case, and stays in touch to be sure dd is doing well. (Unfortunately, he's leaving the practice soon, so I have to find another one!)<br><br>
It sounds like a new perspective in looking at your ds's issues is a good plan.
 

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I switched several times. Which I still can't believe, but there it is.<br><br>
Bringing over vac records is free. They can charge you per page on other medical records.<br><br>
You can decide whether the medical records are really necessary or if you want to just start fresh. I ended up not bringing ours over, as we were relatively healthy, etc., and my dd2's special needs were not yet diagnosed.
 

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If the records go straight to the new doctor, then they shouldn't charge you for them.<br><br>
I would just tell them, you would feel more comfortable with a Pediatrician if they ask.
 

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I just switched peds today, and he has access to my sons specialists notes and hospital records, but I am not going ot bother sending his or my daughters ped. records. I don't really see any reason to and they've not asked that I do. If they ask I may.
 

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I have my own copies of DS's medical records--from the ped. to the specialists.<br>
Every time we have an appt. I just asked to be cc'd on everything. Just a thought...
 
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