HealthCare Partners is a multi-specialty medical group, which means we provide both
primary and specialty care to our patients.
Your HealthCare Partners Primary Care Physician (PCP) sees you for everyday
health, wellness, and illnesses. This is your "regular" or "family" doctor who usually
specializes in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, or General Practice.
Your Primary Care Physician understands the "big picture" of your health and takes
care of or coordinates any kind of healthcare services you may need, including:
- Reviewing your prescription medications
- Reviewing your lab test results
- Referring you to a special clinical program that might help you
- Referring you to a Care Manager to help you stay healthy
- Giving you a flu shot and other preventive screenings
- Referrals to a specialist
A Specialist is a doctor who, as the name implies, specializes in a particular
type of medicine, like Dermatology, Endocrinology, Podiatry, or Gastroenterology.
If you need to see a medical specialist, HealthCare Partners has several hundred
specialists on staff and contracts with more than 3,000 specialists who cover over
40 medical specialties.
If your specialist appointment requires a referral, you can often get approval for
your referral before you even leave your primary care doctor's office. Some specialty
services are available without an authorized referral from your doctor (called "self-referral"),
such as well-woman visits, and some health insurance plans do not require you to
get an authorized referral to see a specialist. Ask your primary care physician
which services you are eligible to receive without prior authorization.
You can find information on some of our specialists on this website using the "Find
a Doctor" search, but we have many more specialists than you will see here. So ask
your primary care doctor if you are interested in seeing a specific specialist.