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Why bother to see a specialist?

by: Dr. McNeil We face daily reminders of the rising cost of living, and health care is leading the way. In order to contain some of these costs, we still have the option of selecting the health care provider of our own choosing. Why, then, would someone choose to see a specialist as long as […]

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by: Dr. McNeil

We face daily reminders of the rising cost of living, and health care is leading the way. In order to contain some of these costs, we still have the option of selecting the health care provider of our own choosing. Why, then, would someone choose to see a specialist as long as one can be assured they will see a reputable physician?

It may be an easy answer if it means a complicated surgical procedure such as back surgery. On the other hand, consulting a specialist who is primarily focused on listening, testing and arriving at a logical conclusion to a more common problem might not seem as important.

Think for a minute of the busy general practitioner who must see an increasing number of patients each day. He or she will be required to make many decisions, and that physician must be confident that the geriatric patient who was cared for just before you will be equally satisfied with the care provided you.

As specialists, we have all had the required training to provide a similar service as the general practitioner but, for many reasons, we chose to continue our studies in a specific field of medicine or surgery. Before we begin training in allergic diseases, we must first study either pediatric or internal medicine for an additional 3 years, followed by another 2 or 3 years of fellowship training in our subspecialty. Examinations every step of the way screen for the requisite training and qualifications to continue. It is also quite common to tack on additional years of research in a topic of interest.

An allergist is also a clinical immunologist. Although this might not seem important most of the time, there are very important reasons that we must be knowledgeable in the field of immunology. Allergic diseases are part of larger category of autoimmune disorders. Thankfully, many of these are less common but with more serious outcomes. Allergies are not insignificant either. As chronic illnesses, they affect a larger proportion of the population than any other chronic disorder, the symptoms are often incapacitating and occasionally life threatening.

Many patients receive satisfactory care and attention for their allergy problems from their general practitioner. A referral to see a board certified specialist is not necessary and a patient may wish to seek a consultation without a referral. As specialists, we could not possibly see everyone with allergies or asthma and provide the additional attention often necessary. But for the patient who the family doctor refers for additional evaluation or for the patient who wishes to seek the advice of someone who deals exclusively with this branch of medicine, we invite you to come and learn more about seeking help from a specialist.

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