Posted by: Natasha Mc | 2004/11/13


GP vs paediatrician?

My baby is 3 months old and my medical aid is kaput for the year. Is it necessary for me to take her to the paediatrician rather than a GP for her followup visits (R400 a visit as opposed to the GP R190 per visit)? Please elaborate on your answer.

Expert's Reply



In a baby that is normal and thriving, your GP would be appropriate to do the routine follow-up checks. If there are any specific concerns your paediatrician may be better placed to address them, but your GP will refer you to a paediatrician if there is any reason for concern.

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Posted by: Cheryl | 2004/11/15

What area are you in? There is a GP in my area who is not a paed but has a diploma in child health, and another GP who has special interests in child health/paediatrics so they charge normal GP rates. I took my baby to the paed for her 6 week check-up but have taken her to these GP's for all other visits and have been very happy with the treatment.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/15

I have taken my son to the paediatrician for his developmental assessments. However, you do get paediatric nurses who do them as well, they insist that you take your baby to the paed for the 6 week assessment, but they then do all the others. Phone the place where you did your ante-natal classes or the hospital where you had your baby, or as at the clinic where you weigh your baby, that nurse might even do the developmental assessments, or be able to refer you.

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