Q: My wife took my 11 y/o daughter to get a retainer today. My wife was not allowed to accompany her to the exam room.
When she attempted to enter the room she was told Covid-19 policies prevented her from accompanying my daughter, this was after my wife had paid the fee. My wife was told that there would be only females in the exam room. My obvious question would be, is this legal? Of note, my daughter suffers from some anxiety issues.
A: This is a different world we live in for now. Medical Providers are trying to find a way to provide a relatively covid safe treating environment. I wish this had been explained better before you got there- so that maybe some of the anxiety issues could have been dealt with. My guess is your spouse signed a document authorizing treatment. From there this probably allowed them to treat without family present- much like if your daughter had surgery- you and your spouse wouldn't be in the surgery area. I am sorry that your family / your daughter went through this. But this is likely legal.
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