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Getting a referral to a specialist

Sometimes, finding the right specialist can be overwhelming. We suggest discussing the following with your GP:

  • When given a referral to a specialist, ask what the clinical basis is for this referral – why has your GP medically recommended this particular specialist?
  • Ask for two or three specialist recommendations. It’s your right to seek a second or third opinion and compare costs yourself. Even consider asking for an unnamed or practice referral.
  • Check where the specialist practices (and in which hospitals) – is it convenient to you?
  • If financial strain is an issue, ask to be referred to a Health Partners Access Gap Specialist or ask your GP to note this in your referral.

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:

  • Relevant clinical information about the patient’s condition for investigation, opinion, treatment and/or management
  • The date of the referral
  • The signature of the referring practitioner

Looking for a specialist?

Choose an Access Gap Scheme Specialist

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.

How to find an Access Gap specialist?

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.

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