If you have a health concern your first visit should be to your GP. They know you and your medical history, and can do some initial assessments such as x-rays, blood tests or other diagnostic tests to help with your diagnosis.
Your GP may then refer you to a specialist for further expertise or to determine your possible treatment options.
Your GP can be the best source of trusted information, but time with them is often limited, so make sure you prepare for your appointment.
Asking your GP the right questions, at the beginning, may give you a better understanding of your condition, treatment, and even costs involved. Here are a few topics to cover:
Sometimes, finding the right specialist can be overwhelming. We suggest discussing the following with your GP:
Referrals don’t actually need to be made out to a certain specialist or consultant physician. You can ask your GP for an unnamed referral if you want to do some research before deciding, or if your doctor doesn’t have sound knowledge of specialists in a particular field.
The Department of Human Services states that a valid referral only needs the following:
Health Partners Access Gap Scheme is designed to lower or eliminate your specialist’s bill for an in-hospital procedure.
We have arrangements with thousands of medical specialists Australia-wide who have agreed to either charge:
• No out-of-pocket cost, or
• A reduced amount for medical procedures.
The information contained here is of a general nature and does not take into account your personal medical situation. The information is not a substitute for independent professional medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or used for therapeutic purposes. Should you require specific medical information, please seek advice from your healthcare practitioner. Health Partners does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information provided.