Moving to Adult Care

Lots of questions may be going through your mind about adult care-what it's like, where you'll go, and who your doctor will be. Knowing what's different about adult care will help make the transition easier.

Here's what to expect:

  • You will see a family doctor for your general health concerns like annual check-ups, sore throats, injuries, etc.
  • You may not be able to see all of your healthcare team at the same time or even at the same place.
  • You will be in charge of booking your own clinic visits. Sometimes the first clinic visit is arranged for you. Ask your healthcare team about this.
  • People of all ages go to adult clinics; you may find you're the youngest one there.
  • You will need a referral letter from your family doctor to see any new specialists (doctors who treat specific health conditions).
  • You will be responsible for keeping track of important health information.
  • You will be able to make decisions about your healthcare.
  • The doctors will ask you about current and past health concerns.

If you have more questions about what adult healthcare is like, go to Getting Ready for Adult Healthcare, or check out the When You're 18 booklet.

The biggest difference is that you will be more responsible for managing your healthcare.