Minor Patient Policy

minor patient policy

Our office strongly encourages all patients under the age of 19 be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is able to provide consent to treatment(s).

  • In the event a parent or legal guardian is unavailable to attend an appointment with the minor patient, our practice will make allowances for verbal consent over the phone.
  • If we are unable to obtain consent in person or by phone, the appointment will be rescheduled until consent is obtained.
  • Note: Consent must be obtained for every scheduled visit or treatment; it is not enough for consent to be obtained solely on the initial visit.

FAQ Relating to Minor Patients

Child Abuse and Reporting Obligations

A person commits child abuse if he or she knowingly, intentionally, or negligently causes or permits a minor child to be:

  • Placed in a situation that endangers his or her life or physical or mental health;
  • Cruelly confined or cruelly punished;
  • Deprived of necessary food, clothing, shelter, or care;
  • Placed in a situation to be sexually exploited through sex trafficking or by allowing, encouraging, or forcing such minor to engage in debauchery, public indecency, or obscene or pornographic photography, films, or depictions; or
  • Placed in a situation to be sexually abused or sexually assaulted.
  • Placed in a situation to be a trafficking victim.

When any physician, medical institution, nurse, or other health care provider has reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to child abuse or neglect or observes such child being subjected to conditions or circumstances which reasonably would result in child abuse or neglect, he or she shall report such incident to the proper law enforcement agency or to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.