A 23-year-old female asked:
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when should someone get an opinion from a specialist instead of their pcp?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
44 years experience Dentistry
Tough question: Often the PCP will refer you to a specialist depending upon the results that they get on treating you or if the scope of your condition warrants another opinion. Sometimes, you may have to request a referral.
Answered on Dec 9, 2014
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Not absolute: Hi. There are no fixed guidelines for when to get a specialist. It is usually prompted by the PCP wanting help with a complex situation, or the patient wanting a specialist's input for confirmation or plan modification.
Answered on Dec 10, 2014

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