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nftwoed

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Specialist as PCP?
« on: July 13, 2013, 08:09:07 am »
Hi;
   Does anyone have an Internal Medicine Specialist or Internist as their PCP? I believe one must be recommended by a regular GP for this?
   Maybe an Internist or Internal medicine Specialist could better interface something as AN, NF-2, etc. to something more ordinary as bladder infection, hypertension, etc?

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Re: Specialist as PCP?
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2013, 09:16:53 am »
My PCP is an internal medicine specialist who is wonderful to interface my medical issues.  I had no recommendation from a GP.

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Right MVD for trigeminal neuralgia, 1994, Pittsburgh, PA
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Re: Specialist as PCP?
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2013, 03:52:00 pm »
If you are in an HMO, you would probably need a referral from your PCP of record..  I am in a PPO and do not need referrals.  The most accurate way to find out is call - your insurance carrier customer service number and, if they don't require one, I would probably the specialists office to see their policy.
3/25/13- dx 18x11x14 mm AN, hearing loss in right ear x 5+ years, 5 sessions of CK completed May 2013, now a "post toastie".  Follow up MRI 4/14/14 - 15x19x11 mm. Stable with some signs of necrosis.
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nftwoed

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Re: Specialist as PCP?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2013, 08:59:26 am »
Hi;
   I've wondered how their education is superior to an MD?

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3/25/13- dx 18x11x14 mm AN, hearing loss in right ear x 5+ years, 5 sessions of CK completed May 2013, now a "post toastie".  Follow up MRI 4/14/14 - 15x19x11 mm. Stable with some signs of necrosis.
 Yippee!

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Re: Specialist as PCP?
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2013, 05:50:54 pm »
PCP requirements probably depend on your particular insurance.  For my insurance women can choose a family practitioner, an internist, or a gyn as PCP.  Men can choose family practitioner or internist.  Currently I don't need referrals, but when I did, my internist as my PCP provided them.

 


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