Washington, DC

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if anyone has a pediatrician that does NOT charge to get DC health forms filled out.

Our pediatrician charges us $25 to get them filled out and we need to bring in a self-addressed stamped envelope and it takes sometimes two weeks to receive them back. I’ve spoken with friends who take their kids to other doctors and have the same fee and issues with how long it takes.

What a racket. EVERY CHILD in DC needs these forms for school, after care, camps, sports, etc.

How is this not automated and done at the time of the annual checkup and either printed out there or sent electronically?

I’m stunned if it is the case that every doctor charges this fee and has the same antiquated process. So if there are any out there who don’t, please let the rest of us know!”


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