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Specialist referral

May 10, 2016 Comments Off on Specialist referral Views: 2771 Patient information

Specialist referral

In consultation with your Doctor, you can be referred to a specialist consultant to assist in managing your care. If you are covered by a private medical insurance policy and are seeking specialist referral, Blossoms encourage you to ensure you seek appropriate pre-authorisation from your insurer at the earliest opportunity.

You may also be able to settle any consultant fees directly with the consultant, should you so wish.

Can I arrange a referral to a specialist consultant through Blossoms?

Yes, one of the benefits of seeing a private doctor is to provide you with a choice of specialists, if you need more specialised care. Our ‘little black book’ of specialists is invaluable in helping to decide who may be best placed to support you; that’s a decision made in conjunction with your wishes and always considering sometimes ethereal elements, like ‘bedside manner’, as well as professional capability.

When arranging your care we are influenced by only one factor: selecting the very best service available.

My insurer says they do not cover the consultant recommended to me?

Depending upon the terms of your insurance policy, some insurers may suggest an alternative consultant to assist in managing your care.

Sometimes, we hear of insurers suggesting people see a consultant who may be more generalist than we would ideally recommend. We often hear of patients being directed to hospitals where there may not be facilities such as appropriate High Dependency Unit beds, for example, which we would view as critically important if need surgery.

Should an insurer disagree with our suggestions, you may have recourse to escalate the request within the insurers’ customer services team. We strongly counsel you to request any alternative guidance from your insurer in writing, including evidence as to why they feel their suggested consultant is more appropriately suited to your circumstances.

Can I be referred to the NHS, rather than a private consultant?

Regretfully, the NHS does not currently allow private health practitioners to refer into NHS facilities or treatments, with the exception of emergency services and some sexual health or family planning services.

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