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Old 03-15-2012, 09:29 AM   #1
 
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If you had two very healthy-seeming children who almost never need any kind of medical attention, would you continue to use the services of a pediatrician you really like and trust but who is located so far away from where you currently live and runs such a busy practice that a typical visit takes the better part of a day?

Or would you switch to a pediatrician whose practice is conveniently located very close to home?

For healthy children, does it really matter if you switch doctors on them?

I'm not asking this right...I want my kids to have excellent care, of course. And if they were sickly kids or kids suffering from some chronic or serious condition, then yes, continuity of care would be critical. But if they just go for an annual check-up and to get shots, for the most part, would it be reasonable to trust any reputable pediatrician to take care of them?
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:44 AM   #2
 
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I switched to a closer doctor years ago for this very reason. The pediatrician was so far away, it was awful. It just seemed like the whole afternoon or morning, or both, would be gone.

We actually go to a family practice now and it is so much better! They always work us in. Because it is so close, I sometimes just show up after a rough night and they will see us. I don't dread making appointments anymore. Other things don't have to get canceled because we didn't make it back in time.

The way I figure it, if there is an ongoing medical issue we will probably get referred to a specialist.

I think all you can do is try out a new practice and see if you like it. Good luck.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:41 AM   #3
 
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My girls had the same Pediatrician since birth. They only go usually once a year for physicals, and on rare occasion have been in maybe one thing in addition to that.

One of my girls is turning 8 this year, and they had a male doctor. I felt as they got older they may be more comfortable with a female doctor, so I switched them last year.

I can understand wanting to keep them with a constant doctor, but I think a valid reason for switching isn't a big deal either.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:12 AM   #4
 
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I think if there's no health issues to speak of then you'd be fine to change. (This from someone whose children, now 17 and 14, have not seen a paediatrician since birth).
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:01 AM   #5
 
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I would switch. It's one thing if you're only going once a year, but when they're sick, who wants to make a production out of going to the doctor?

If you're just talking about common childhood illnesses, make your life easier and find someone close. Who knows you might find someone you like just as much.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:58 AM   #6
 
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Thanks, everyone. I went ahead and made an appt w/ a new pediatrician located close to my home.

I'm almost in tears, though; I really, really liked the old pediatrician.
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