Answers to Common Health Literacy Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about health literacy.

What determines if a patient is referred to a specialty physician?

Usually patients are referred to a specialty physician by their primary care physician (PCP) when the PCP either cannot pinpoint a specific health problem or feels the patient will get better care from someone who is trained to handle the health issue, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Any patient can request on their own to see a specialist for a health issue, according to the NIH. But, if you visit a specialist without a referral from your PCP, your insurance plan might not cover the care with the specialty physician.

For more information about why you might be referred to a specialty physician, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Dulan, MD, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Nestor, MD, Trenton Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Romaker, NP-C, Fairfield Road Physician Offices