Talking to doctor about teen’s medical records

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Andrew Rozynski and David John Hommel
Now that my child is a teen (or young adult), their doctor won’t talk with me about their health. I cannot see their test results. How can we handle that?

Answer


Healthcare laws, particularly the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (or “HIPAA” for short), restrict parental access to medical information once a child becomes a teenager, especially after turning 18. To facilitate communication, your teen or young adult child can provide written consent allowing the doctor to share specific health information with you. It’s also beneficial to encourage open communication with your child about their health and involve them in discussions about managing his or her celiac disease.

Published April 7, 2024

Note: This information is provided by NCA, Andrew Rozynski, and David John Hommel. This information is meant for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for personalized medical advice or replace any medical advice provided directly to you by your health care provider. No liability is assumed by the NCA, Andrew Rozynski, or David John Hommel by providing this information.

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