Good health care for newborns, infants, children, and adolescents begins with the well child visit (check-up) and other services that help keep children healthy. These are preventive services based on a plan called Bright Futures. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made this plan to help doctors and families know what preventive services children should receive from birth to 18 years of age, such as vaccines, screening tests, and advice about staying healthy and safe.
To schedule a well child visit for ages 2-18, we recommend that you call 3 months in advance so you may choose the date, time and physician that best fit your needs. Children under age 2 are scheduled when in the office at check-out. During a well child visit, you can expect:
- Evaluation of growth and development
- Discussion of safety, nutrition, fitness, behavior, school, relationships with peers, day-to-day family life, etc.
- A physical examination
- A chance to ask questions
- Developmental screenings, if appropriate
- Age-appropriate medical screening tests (including hearing, vision, hemoglobin, etc.)
- Age-appropriate immunizations
Our schedule for well child visits:
**Hearing and vision exams done at this age
*Vision exam only done at this age
Hearing and vision exams are recommended by the AAP at certain check-ups and we do perform them. There is a separate charge for each exam. Please contact your health insurance company for information on coverage for these services. The procedure codes are: hearing 92551; vision 99173.
All of JDC's patients deserve the best care possible, so our phyisicans will perform all services recommended for your child's age group, regardless of insurance coverage. While many insurance plans do cover these screenings without any cost to families, there are plans which do not pay in full for some services. JDC feels the benefits of these screenings outweigh the minimal cost some families may need to pay out of pocket. JDC Pediatrics has been recognized as "Simply the Best Pediatrician" in the Harrisburg area for 14 years in a row. Our intent is to continue to provide exceptional care based on the highest standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure the health and happiness of our next generation.
Additional services at a well visit:
There may be times when a child needs a service that is not considered preventive on the same day as a well child visit. If a child is not well or a problem is found or needs to be addressed during the check-up, the physician may need to provide an additional office visit service (called a sick visit) to care for the child. This is a different service and is billed to your health plan in addition to the preventive services provided on that day. Certain circumstances may require you to schedule a separate appointment for these types of issues. If you have a co-payment for office visits, it must be paid at the time of service. Any coinsurances or deductibles must be paid upon receipt of the first statement. Some services that may be provided and billed in addition to preventive services include:
- The doctor’s work to address more than a minor problem, which will be billed as an office visit (e.g., if the doctor gives a prescription, orders tests, or changes care for a known problem)
- Medical treatments (e.g., breathing treatments or wart treatments)
- Any surgery (e.g., removing splinters or something the child put in his ear or nose)
- Tests performed in the office that are not included in the Bright Futures plan
Our office does not want you to be surprised by a bill but must always bill your health plan based on the actual services provided. Please feel free to ask questions about services that may not be paid in full by your health plan on the day of your visit.