September 16, 2021

Parental Access to Medical Records for Children 12 and Older

Are you aware that in Arizona as soon as a child turns 12, the parent’s access to the child’s medical records becomes restricted?

This way a child can decide to have medical procedures such as gender surgery, abortion, birth control, etc. done without their parents knowing. The child can sign a form to give the parent proxy to all her medical files and have it be unrestricted.


The Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) provides a comprehensive booklet on this topic: Consent & Confidentiality in Adolescent Health Care: A Guide for Adolescent Health Care.

Parents, Children and Health Privacy