Medical specialists are doctors who have completed advanced education and training in a specific area of medicine. Most health issues can be managed by your primary care physician; however, if your illness gets more serious or complicated a referral to a specialist is appropriate. For example, if you experience frequent dizziness, a neurologist is best equipped to assess your symptoms. If you have a family history that includes heart conditions, a cardiologist is the best doctor to perform any appropriate tests.
If you have a chronic health condition such as diabetes, ulcers, colitis, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, COPD or any other disease that persists for a long time you are probably best served by a specialist or team of specialists. You, your primary care physician, and your specialist(s) will determine the best plan of care for you. Remember, you and all your providers make up your healthcare team.
Steps to take to see a medical specialist
If you are unsure about whether you should see a specialist, talk with your primary care physician and ask if they feel your symptoms are severe or specific enough.
- To make seeing a specialist easier, sign up for CarePlus—a free concierge healthcare service that can help you with referrals to specialists and insurance questions.
- We can help you understand what your insurance covers and which fees you will be responsible for.
- We can even coordinate a referral to a specialist for you and schedule an appointment.
For more information about CarePlus and the timesaving, convenient, free services we offer you, please contact a CarePlus team member at 201-884-5329 or email us here.