Family physicians can care for a wide variety of chronic and acute conditions for all ages. It is important to discuss new concerns with your primary care provider before seeking a referral. If you feel there is a concern that requires a referral to a specialist, please make an appointment to discuss the concern with your primary care provider.
Many health insurance plans require referrals be sent by your primary care office. Please note, if your primary care provider does not agree that a self-referred speciality appointment is necessary, a referral will not be sent. In that case, you will be responsible for the payment of the specialist should your insurance not cover the visit.
There are infrequent exceptions in which an office visit may not be required. An example would be a broken bone treated at the emergency room. In this case, a referral can be approved without a visit as long as a copy of the emergency room visit is available.