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Old 07-29-2006, 01:51 PM   #1
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Do I need a referral to see an Endo?

I was wondering if I should see a primary care doctor before going to an Endo? I've never been diagnosed w/ hyperthyroidism but I've been having symptoms that is really giving me a feeling I am hyper.. I did take a TSH labwork a few months ago at my school's health clinic and my levels were fine. However, I'm really sure I am hyper because my mother used to be hyper and she's been treated through RAI.

So my question is, should I see a primary care physician first to get a referral to an Endocronologist if necessary, or just skip that step and go straight to an Endo since I'm under a PPO network provider?

 
Old 07-29-2006, 05:15 PM   #2
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Re: Do I need a referral to see an Endo?

Did they give you your TSH number and the range they were using, or do any other tests with the TSH? What kind of symptoms are you having? I would want to get a copy of the paperwork from the school - they should be able to provide it to you since it is your healthwork - then,

If you trust your primary care physician, you could go there first and explain your symptoms and see what he/she does - but the question of your seeing an endo first does depend on what kind of insurance you have and whether your insurance requires that you get a referral from your primary care first. If it does, and you don't get a referral first, it could be an expensive visit b/c insurance may not pay.

 
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Re: Do I need a referral to see an Endo?

Sorry, I just saw the thing about the PPO provider...but I still like to check. Good luck.

 
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Re: Do I need a referral to see an Endo?

My insurance is a PPO plan that doesn't require physician referrals, so I frequently skip the primary MD and go straight to the specialist I think can better help. However, the endo I chose to see doesn't book appointments for anyone who hasn't first had bloodwork done by a primary MD. She reviews the test results, and if she deems the results abnormal, only then grants the appointment. I've heard about other endos who work that way too.
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