When it comes to our children, there's little us parents won't do to ensure they are treated by a competent, caring doctor and are receiving the best treatment available. But what happens when you finally find the right pediatrician, only to be turned away? Turns out, there are a few main reasons pediatricians reject patients that every parent should be made aware of. You never know when you'll be searching for the right doctor, and being armed with as much information as possible can only help the process along.
According to a survey published in the journal Pediatrics, 1 in 5 pediatricians reject patients. The main reason? Parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children. According to CBS News, the largest U.S. measles outbreak in recent history occurred in 2014 in Ohio's Amish Country — with a reported 383 unvaccinated people — because Amish missionaries were traveling outside the U.S. and returning with the measles virus. Then, in December of the same year, a measles outbreak at Disneyland occurred, when one affected child spread the virus to dozens more. So doctors feel the pressure to dismiss patients when their parents choose not to vaccinate, so those parents don't expose their unvaccinated children to others. According to The Chicago Tribune, there's still more research to be done as to whether or not parents dropped from pediatric care go on to eventually get the vaccinations, or if they remain steadfast in their initial decision, but either way: treating unvaccinated children is a risk more and more pediatricians are unwilling to take.
Of course, no two doctors or two families are the same, so simply asking a pediatrician why they've refused service is worthwhile. The bottom line is, patients are rejected all the time and, sometimes, those patients are children. It all comes down to each doctor's (or family practice's) personal code of ethics. So with that in mind, here are a few reasons why a pediatrician might turn a child away: