Can Urgent Care refer me to a specialist?
Even if your doctor is unavailable or not an expert in the area of care you need, he or she can refer you to a specialist or another medical professional.
If you don’t have a primary care doctor, take some time to review the options in your network and select one..
Why do I need a referral for a specialist?
A referral, in the most basic sense, is a written order from your primary care doctor to see a specialist for a specific medical service. Referrals are required by most health insurance companies to ensure that patients are seeing the correct providers for the correct problems.
Can I ask my doctor to refer me to a specialist?
If you ask your GP to refer you to a specialist, they will probably suggest that you first try various tests, or treatment options, to see whether your condition improves. A specialist will only see you with a letter of referral from your GP.
Can my GP refuse to refer me to a specialist?
If you disagree with your GP’s decision, you can ask them to refer you to another healthcare professional for a second opinion (an opinion about your health from a different doctor). Although you do not have a legal right to a second opinion, a healthcare professional will rarely refuse to refer you for one.
Can I see a specialist without a referral?
2 If you do not have a referral from your primary care physician, your HMO likely will not cover the service at all. But some modern HMOs have relaxed these rules and now allow members to visit specialists within the plan’s network without having a referral from their primary care physician.
Can you go straight to a dermatologist?
Some people do not have a family doctor or primary care physician. These patients can visit a walk-in clinic to ask for a dermatologist referral. Depending on your health insurance plan, you may still need supporting documentation from another physician.