I don't understand this. Of all doctors, the family doctor is who you see most often. How do you go to a specialist most times if not first seen by your family doctor? Unless you self diagnose or seen from an emergency room situation. Most medical issues I have, my GP was instrumental in catching, then referring me to a specialist.
Originally Posted by juanab
You don't need a referral if you have Medicare. You can go to any doc you want as long as they take Medicare part B.
Originally Posted by Mooshville
But whether you need a referral or not, wouldn't one go to a GP for an unspecified pain or illness before they go to a specialist?
Originally Posted by juanab
Yeah, if you don't have a clue what's going on. I've had clearing of the throat problems for years. Rather than wasting my copay/deductible money on my pcp I went straight to an ENT specialist with my PPO plan. There is no money in gp and it's getting worse for them. I'm not saying it will be no more, the the options you have of choosing a GP if you have Medicare are going down.