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Old 28-08-2019, 03:43 PM   #1
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Is a referral to see a specialist recommended?

Don't quite remember how this works. If you KNOW that you need to see a specialist, is there any reason to get a referral from a GP first? The GP referral route takes much longer (2-3 months at least) from what I remember, while a direct appointment is usually much faster as the clinic/hospital will just book you with the first available specialist.

But I also seem to remember that the referral route might be cheaper? Cant quite recall.
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Old 28-08-2019, 08:34 PM   #2
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Recommended if you need the subsidy presuming govt or restructured hospital e.g for pregnancy, and that the doctor is recommended for his (highly specialised) “specialty”, or if your work insurance policies only cover specialists that are “referred” by a GP.
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Old 28-08-2019, 09:22 PM   #3
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Recommended if you need the subsidy presuming govt or restructured hospital e.g for pregnancy, and that the doctor is recommended for his (highly specialised) “specialty”, or if your work insurance policies only cover specialists that are “referred” by a GP.
I was told that if you dont get a referral via a polyclinic, then you will be charged a private patient rate of about $150? And the referral route via polyclinic only works for public hospitals?
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Old 21-09-2019, 05:55 PM   #4
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Besides subsidies for care at CHAS clinics, CHAS Blue/Orange and PG cardholders will also enjoy subsidised referrals to Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOCs) located at Public Hospitals, as well as subsidised referrals to the National Dental Centre (for dental referrals) when required.
CHAS Green and MG cardholders will also enjoy subsidised referrals to Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOCs) located at Public Hospitals. 
? Mean go gp can get subsidized referral?

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