The medical system can be difficult to navigate, and referrals are often one of the biggest pain points for people trying to get the care they need. At the Center for Advanced Wellness, we aim to improve the system, including referrals. If you need to see a specialist, you may need a referral from a generalist first. Even if you are paying out-of-pocket or your insurance doesn’t require referrals, sometimes specialists require them before they will see a patient.
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What Specialists Require a Referral?
It's estimated that nearly 25% of Americans don't have a Primary Care Physician. Yet, many insurance companies and specialists require patients to have a referral from a PCP in order to make an appointment. This means that 1 in 4 Americans find it particularly difficult to get appointments with specialists such as ENTs, allergists, dermatologists, cardiologists, GIs, and more.
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What Type of Specialist Do I Need to See?
Sometimes, you know exactly what type of specialist you want to see. For example, if you’re struggling with acne, you may know you want to talk to a dermatologist. Other times, you may have symptoms that affect several systems in your body. You may not know what kind of specialist to see, but you know you need to see someone. In either case, we can help. Our team of providers will help you get a referral for the specialist you need.
Getting You the Care You Need
What Needs to Be Done to Get a Specialist Referral?
There are some common steps and practices that need to be done in order to have a specialist referral filled out. However, make sure to speak up during your evaluation, so that your provider has a better idea of what specialist they should send you to,
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Go Over Specialist Options
Getting Your Referral
What To Expect At Your Appointment
Do you need a referral to see a specialist? Call your closest Center for Advanced Wellness. We will set you up with an appointment to get the referral you need. Then, just check-in, arrive at your appointment 15 minutes early, and see a provider. Your provider will perform the necessary exams, discuss your symptoms, and help you select the best specialist option for you.
Answers to Your Questions
Questions About Specialist Referrals
Wondering if you need a referral, or how much your examination will cost? We've got the answers to your questions.
Do I need insurance for this kind of appointment?
No. We accept patients who are self-pay, insured, or members of our exclusive program.
How much do these appointments cost?
If you have insurance, your cost will depend on your coverage. If you don’t have insurance or your deductible is simply too high, consider our membership plans. Options start at $50 per month for adults and bring your copays at our clinic to just $10.
Do all specialists require a referral?
It's less about the specialist themselves and more about your particular insurance coverage. Certain types of coverage, like HMOs, typically require a referral to see a specialist.
Can a specialist refer you to another specialist?
No. If you're seeking the care of another specialist, you will have to go through your primary care provider again, as specialists cannot refer you to other specialists.
Get the Specialist Referral You Need at Center of Advanced Wellness
Seeking an appointment with a specialist, or want to know if you should see one? Our dedicated team of providers at Center of Advanced Wellness will make sure you get the specialist referral you need.