Teen Self-Advocacy: How to be your own healthcare advocate

>>Hi I’m Linique [assumed spelling] and I’m
the Teen Advisory Council at the University of Michigan’s Adolescent Health Initiative. And I’m here to show you ways to get the most
out of your healthcare experiences as a teen. As much as doctors, nurses and clinic
staff want to help, it’s also up to you to make sure you get the care you need. Let’s drop in on Taylor and
her mom visiting the doctor.>>So how you two doing today?>>We’re great.>>Alright and you’re in
for just a check-up today?>>Yep.>>Taylor just turned 16,
so it’s time for her exam.>>Oh does that mean you’re a junior Taylor?>>Yep.>>Alright, alright and Taylor, how
are things going for you at school? Do you play any sports or anything?>>She’s really good at hockey and she
is thinking about doing Glee Club, right?>>Oh do you like to sing?>>Love it.>>Okay, alright and socially
how are things going for you? Do you have a lot of friends, big friend group?>>She makes friends really easily. She’s got a lot of friends.>>Okay and Taylor how about your
classes, your grades, how’s that going?>>I’m doing okay, but I’ve got a big math
test next week and is it okay if we talk alone?>>Yeah sure, we do like to touch base
with our teen patients for a few minutes by themselves, if you don’t mind.>>Okay.>>So I wrote down a list of a few questions.>>Okay, fire away.>>I’ll start with the top 10. Can I tell you things that
you won’t tell my mom? What’s covered on our insurance? What about birth control? How would I get an STD test if I needed one? Am I getting any shots today? How can I get in contact with you
privately with some other questions? Did you always know you wanted to be a doctor?>>Okay let’s break this down. You could see that Taylor’s
mom was stealing the spotlight. It’s not her appointment, but some parents have
a hard time letting go as their kids get older. Taylor was clearly getting frustrated, but
she kept her cool and she arranged some time to speak one-on-one with her doctor. She brought a list of questions to
help guide her through her appointment. She made sure to find out the
doctor’s confidentiality policy, so that she could feel more comfortable being
open and honest about her health concerns. Also many health systems now have
electronic patient portals to make it easier for you to manage your own healthcare. You can log onto your private records, send a
message to your doctor or even ask a question. To get started you’ll need an activation
code, so ask your doctor’s office. Now let’s drop in on Jake for
a check-up with his doctor. [ Background Sounds ]>>And finally it seems like
you’re due for your HPV vaccine. So just let me prep this shot
and we’ll get that taken care of.>>Actually could we wait on that a little bit. I’m feeling a bit worried about this.>>What’s going on?>>I don’t do super well with needles.>>Oh don’t worry about that, it’s
very common to not like needles. What we can do is ice the area a little
bit, so you don’t feel it going in as much. A lot of people like to be on
their phones just to distract them or we could even bring in
someone to hold your hand. We just want to make sure you feel comfortable.>>Cool, is there any side effects to this shot? Oh, yeah, I don’t really have insurance.>>Jake’s situation brought up a few things. When he said that he was feeling anxious,
it allowed the doctor to slow down, answer his questions and make
sure he’s feeling comfortable. Every person has a right to know
what is happening to their body and to have a say in their healthcare. Medicaid, which is an insurance
plan under the government, may be an option if you don’t have
coverage under your family or work. Also some health clinics may have sliding scale
fees, which means that the services are based on income and can be low-cost or even free. As for payments, there are no costs
for vaccines for patients under 19, but there are costs for other services. All teens and young adults deserve
quality, confidential healthcare services without judgement, but sometimes
we need to advocate for ourselves to make sure that this happens. [ Music ]

3 Replies to “Teen Self-Advocacy: How to be your own healthcare advocate”

  1. Oh hell to the no! Once you are on your own, paying your own bills as a grown adult then you can say what you want for yourself without your parents around. It's okay to speak for yourself, but no important secret conversations will be happening. We are your parents for a reason, you kids don't have enough wisdom to dictate wise choices for yourselves about everything.

  2. Btw…This cute little "I'm an adult" advocacy program is screwing young girls over who are being sexually abused and threatened not to tell. So……go feminists for helping to protect sexual abusers everywhere 🖒🖒🖒🖒👏👏👏

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