The doctor cannot tell parents about:
- Drug and alcohol use – it is essential for doctors to know about drug and alcohol use, since it can lead to dangerous side effects in some medications. However, the doctor will not be able to tell you about these issues. They will only recommend that your child discusses the issues with you.
- Sexual activity – many teens are not comfortable sharing their sexual activities with their parents, but their doctor will need to know to help keep them safe. Knowing that their doctor cannot inform their parents helps teens be much more open with their doctor.
- Certain mental health issues – if your child is suffering from depression or anxiety, the doctor will not be able to tell you. The confidentiality that is provided by doctors helps teens speak more openly about their situations.
Doctors can tell parents about:
- Contraception – the United States Supreme Court decreed that teens have the right to confidentiality when it comes to contraception in 1977. However, less than half the states follow this ruling. Talk to your child’s doctor to learn their policies about contraception.
- Severe mental health issues – if your teen exhibits severe mental health issues that can put their life in danger, or endanger those around them, the doctor is required to notify you. The authorities may even get involved if the doctor suspects that the issues are caused by problems at home.
When it comes to protecting your child with the right health insurance policy, contact Sackett & Associates Insurance Services in Sonoma County, California.