What is a specialist and when should I see one?

A specialist is a doctor who has more education and training in a certain area. There are many different kinds of specialists in the medical field. For most situations, your primary care doctor is your first stop when you need care. They will tell you if you need to see a specialist. This is called a referral.

With some health insurance plans, you may need a referral from your primary care doctor before seeing a specialist. Some insurance plans have different co-pays and co-insurance for visits to specialists. To learn more about out-of-pocket costs for specialists, you can review the summary of benefits and coverage for your plan. If you have more questions, you can always call your insurance plan directly.

Our patient-focused clinics at Pinnacle Hospital's Urgent Care provides you with focused attention from our specialist!  If you are dealing with constant migraines, severe back pain, or a sprained ankle, we have a clinic that is right for you! To be referred to one of our specialists, please contact our referral line at 219-796-4000.