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GP willing to refer to specialist in Canberra?

By Watson - 14 September 2011 41

I don’t want to post the whole story here, but I want to take my daughter to see a specialist at the Sydney Westmead hospital. I called them, described the problem to them and they seemed confident that they could help us. However, the GP I last saw would not give me a referral.

Can anyone recommend a GP who is less stingy with referrals? I don’t want to have to use trial and error and pay a fortune to get this referral.

Please spare me any lectures. I am at my wits end and my child needs specialist help.

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GP willing to refer to specialist in Canberra?
Anna Key 7:56 pm 16 Sep 11

Watson said :

ps0104 said :

particularly in terms of taking your own thoughts and research into account when recommending treatment options.

Thanks! Sounds like exactly what I’m after. So far, every new GP I’ve seen insists on starting the investigation from scratch and we just can’t afford the time that takes.

My guess is that’s because your research (as oppose to their 8 years of training) doesn’t absolve a GP from being sued if something goes wrong. But good luck, I do know how hard it is to get the right specialist in Canberra.

Watson 7:08 pm 16 Sep 11

ps0104 said :

Dr Susan Morton, Kaleen Family Practice. Absoloutely fantastic doctor. Cannot recommend her highly enough, particularly in terms of taking your own thoughts and research into account when recommending treatment options.

She agreed to give me the referral immediately! And not because she wanted to get me out of there asap like some doctors but because she agreed it was a sensible move and that my child deserves to be seen by the right specialist and have all the relevant tests done. 😀

Watson 12:02 pm 15 Sep 11

s-s-a said :

If you want to claim a travel subsidy, you will need to get the specialist referral from a specialist in the ACT. Can you go back to the Paed you’ve already seen?

Note that referrals between specialists are only valid for 3m which is a PITA.

I won’t bother with the travel subsidy. It’ll cost me a tank of fuel and possibly an overnight stay, but if we also take the opportunity to go do some sight seeing, that’ll be worth it.

I will make an appointment with the paed also, but don’t want to wait the expected 4 months for the referral.

s-s-a 11:42 am 15 Sep 11

If you want to claim a travel subsidy, you will need to get the specialist referral from a specialist in the ACT. Can you go back to the Paed you’ve already seen?

Note that referrals between specialists are only valid for 3m which is a PITA.

Watson 11:15 am 15 Sep 11

And yes, there are plenty of people in Canberra who go to specialists in Sydney. Especially for kids.

Watson 11:14 am 15 Sep 11

The Frots said :

Watson, try and make the specialist booking anyway and you can simply get the ‘referral’ at a later stage. I am sure that it wouldn’t be a problem given the posts here.

Really hope that it works out for you and your daughter – it s a shame that the ACT still can’t deal with such matters.

Good luck.

Thanks. When I called them about an appointment, they told me to fax through the referral. But if I don’t get the referral tomorrow, I’ll try again.

The Frots 10:56 am 15 Sep 11

Watson, try and make the specialist booking anyway and you can simply get the ‘referral’ at a later stage. I am sure that it wouldn’t be a problem given the posts here.

Really hope that it works out for you and your daughter – it s a shame that the ACT still can’t deal with such matters.

Good luck.

Watson 4:19 pm 14 Sep 11

Thanks all for your advice. Much appreciated! 🙂

jandy 3:47 pm 14 Sep 11

Dr Thinh at Erindale Medical Practice is fantastic – highly recomend her as a GP and she is happy to refer to specialists in Sydney.

Henry82 2:50 pm 14 Sep 11

Why not try a walk in centre, like that 24hr practice up in belco. Usually they want to get you out the door as quick as possible, i’ve had no issues with referrals.

EvanJames 1:25 pm 14 Sep 11

Maybe get in touch with the practice and talk to them about it? Chances are getting the referral isn’t actually worth it.

Or, perhaps, the nature of the condition being treated makes a referral and treatment record by the doctor necessary? Talk to them about it… you might find a better way to go.

Watson 12:44 pm 14 Sep 11

SpellingAndGrammar said :

Technically, you don’t actually have to have a referral. It is only for Medicare benefit purposes. An unreferred consultation – item 53 has a rebate of $21. An initial referred consultation with a specialist has a rebate of $70 and a subsequent referred consultation has a rebate of $35.15 (higher if you are seeing a consultant physician). It would probably cost you more than the $49 difference to see a GP to get a referral in the first place. Good luck and hope it goes well.

Thanks, I didn’t know that. This clinic did ask for it to be faxed to them though. I know the paediatrician we saw last year used the referral to decide on our place on the waiting list. We got in after 4 months instead of 6 because of it. (Canberra specialist waiting times are ridiculous too!)

SpellingAndGrammar 12:15 pm 14 Sep 11

Technically, you don’t actually have to have a referral. It is only for Medicare benefit purposes. An unreferred consultation – item 53 has a rebate of $21. An initial referred consultation with a specialist has a rebate of $70 and a subsequent referred consultation has a rebate of $35.15 (higher if you are seeing a consultant physician). It would probably cost you more than the $49 difference to see a GP to get a referral in the first place. Good luck and hope it goes well.

Watson 11:34 am 14 Sep 11

ps0104 said :

particularly in terms of taking your own thoughts and research into account when recommending treatment options.

Thanks! Sounds like exactly what I’m after. So far, every new GP I’ve seen insists on starting the investigation from scratch and we just can’t afford the time that takes.

ps0104 11:15 am 14 Sep 11

Dr Susan Morton, Kaleen Family Practice. Absoloutely fantastic doctor. Cannot recommend her highly enough, particularly in terms of taking your own thoughts and research into account when recommending treatment options.

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