You have a regular doctor you see for most of your health issues. But every once in a while, something comes up and you have to see a specialist. It’s good to know that getting to see the doctor you want is easier than you might think! With Original Medicare, you don’t need a referral.
Your Medicare Part B covers medically necessary doctor services, including outpatient services, certain inpatient services, and covered preventive services. You can visit many different types of health care providers because there is no network. Some of your options include:
- Doctor of Medicine (MD)
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
- In some cases: dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, chiropractor
- Physician assistants
- Nurse practitioners
- Clinical nurse specialists
- Clinical social workers
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech language pathologists
- Clinical psychologists
Before you signed up for Medicare, you may have had a health plan that required a referral to see a specialist. Many health plans work that way, including most Medicare Advantage Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans, but Original Medicare does not.
With Original Medicare, no referrals are needed. You have access to any health care provider who has accepted Medicare assignment, so you can go right ahead and make your appointment with the provider you need!
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