A 12-year-old isn’t capable of making health care decisions for themselves, but an Arizona health care provider feels differently. Preteens are allowed to make their own accounts and their parents aren’t able to review or supervise critical medical information according to an announcement from the provider.
In a deleted press release from HonorHealth, they say that on June 23, “Adolescents, ages 12-17, will be able to create their own MyChart Account,” “Limited Proxy access for adolescent accounts will also be available,” and “All patients with a MyChart account will not be able to grant and revoke Proxy Access within MyChart.”
With limited access, proxies will be able to schedule appointments, communicate with the care team, and view immunization records. With the same limited access, proxies won’t be able to view appointments, see clinical notes and medication information, and request prescription refills.
There are a lot of problems with children being able to request prescription refills. Prescription abuse has been a huge problem for young people who sometimes self-medicate and typically don’t have the ability to see or understand if medications are working correctly.
The National Library of Medicine found, “Some teenagers seek to self-medicate (e.g., pain, anxiety, insomnia) by abusing their own or others’ prescriptions. Other teens use prescription drugs to enhance performance or abuse steroids to shape their bodies. Some teens take prescription drugs to get high or experiment, often combining them with alcohol.”
HonorHealth Media Relations told the Daily Caller, “HonorHealth made the decision to allow MyChart accounts for patients aged 12-17. Prior to this change, parents did not have access to their adolescents’ care through MyChart at HonorHealth, as no accounts were available for the adolescent population. Now, adolescents and their parents will have the ability to manage their health information in MyChart.”
Luckily, politicians aren’t going along with these types of healthcare measures. Matt Salmon, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arizona, said he’s against children hiding medical information from parents and said, “In this state, we still believe that parents are able to control the future of their children. If we have to write that down in law. We will.”