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question on getting referred to a dermatologist

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my health insurance has assigned me to one family doctor. usually i go see him for something, and if necessary, he will refer me to a specialist.

my question is, do i need to go through him to see a dermatologist, or can i just call up my insurance and ask them to refer me directly. it just seems like a waste of time to make an appointment with a doctor just to get a referral.

let me know. thanks.

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You have to go to your family physician to get referred. Your insurance company can not refer you to a specialist since that is a doctor's call.

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I was able to call a dermatologist and schedule an appointment. Problem is that I had to wait for three months to be seen. I have insurance. Using Siava's method could help expedite the process, and chances are you will land an appointment quickly.

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I think it depends on your insurance. Some people will need a referral from their PCP (primary care physician) but I have BlueCross Blue Shield PPO and can just call specialists directly without a referral.

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i called my insurance and they said that because i have an HMO, i have to see my primary care physician to get a referral to any specialist. they also said that some doctors don't require you to make an appointment, but just to call and ask for a referral.

i guess if you have a different type of insurance, you can go straight to a derm.

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