How to Help Your Children Get the Care They Need

Your child has rights as a patient. As their parent, you have rights and responsibilities, too. To make sure your child gets the best care possible, there are a few things you can do.

Do your research.
You can use the Community Checkup to see how specific providers and health plans in Washington score on pediatric care. This can help you make an informed choice when deciding where to take your child for care.

Speak up.
Kids can’t always express themselves as well as an adult, so sometimes parents need to speak up for them. You know your child best, so say something if you have questions or concerns. Let them know it is OK if he or she speaks up, too.

Ask questions.
You can also ask for things to be explained more clearly if you don’t understand. Encourage your child to ask questions, too. If your child is facing a treatment, ask if there are any alternatives, what to expect and how much it will cost.

Be prepared.
One of the most important things you can do to help your child is to keep all records, follow-up details and other information about his or her care organized and ready for your appointment.

Follow the plan.
Following up on treatment is an important part of getting high-value health care. Make sure your child understands anything she or he needs to do to stay healthy, and then make sure it happens.