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Get a Referral

If you need to see a specialist, ask your primary care physician for a recommendation. “Patients sometimes think that doctors get kickbacks for referrals. That’s absolutely not true,” says Dana Simpler, M.D., a primary care physician in Baltimore. Doctors make referrals because they want their patients being treated by someone who has a proven track record in their field of expertise. “If I don’t have a working history with the physician you choose, I can’t vouch for her treatment plans or outcomes,” says Dr. Simpler.

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