How to request/get a referral to another doctor?
July 19, 2009 6:26 PM Subscribe
How does getting a medical referral/requesting a medical referral REALLY work and how do you ask for one effectively?
posted by tristeza to health & fitness (4 answers total)
My mom recently got a preliminary cancer diagnosis (from a CT scan for an unrelated injury) at a medical center in Maine where she's staying for the summer. She was told that a likely first step is to remove the kidney with the mass, sooner rather than later. She's only been seen by her GP at this point.
My family wants her to be seen in Boston at a comprehensive cancer center like Dana Farber right away, before the ball really gets going in Maine. Oh, and she's a senior with MediCare.
She has a urology appt tomorrow morning as her first follow-up since the "we found a mass" news, and I want her to get a referral to Dana Farber, but I realize I'm not 100% sure how this works.
Can she simply say to the urologist, "please refer me to DF" without having a name of a specific doc? If she does, will the doc just go ahead and call DF and find someone to see my mom?
Or does the doc just say "OK" and call DF to tell them we're going to call them to make all arrangements??
Thanks for any help, we're all completely clueless about this process and I want her to have a good "script" when she goes in tomorrow.