Do You Need a Referral to See a Chiropractor?

Chiropractor Chapel Hill, NC

Patients no longer require referrals from their medical doctors to seek chiropractic alternative medical care. Chiropractic is safe healthcare that promotes healing, restores postural and musculoskeletal balance, and supports nervous system integrity. Many patients choose chiropractic care first because they do not wish to depend on drugs or risk surgical implications for conditions that the body can heal itself given the proper conditions. Chiropractic care helps produce those appropriate conditions, and patients no longer need a referral from a medical doctor to get chiropractic care.

At our office, we see patients every day who do not need a referral to see a chiropractor to get insurance coverage for their visit. For most insurance plans, and for virtually all of the plans we participate in, patients can self refer, meaning they can call and make an appointment to see Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, licensed chiropractic physician and acupuncturist. These plans include BCBS, Aetna, United Healthcare, Federal and State Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, UMR, Medicare, Medicaid, and many others.

While patients in the Veterans VA programs still require a referral from their primary medical doctor to see all doctors, including chiropractors, they are the exception. We enjoy working with Veterans each day and help them get the referrals they need for chiropractic or acupuncture at our healthcare clinic. For the vast majority of patients seeking care at our office for back pain, neck strain, headache, and other ailments of the spine and extremities, we are glad to offer appointments with the need for prior authorization and referral.

Some insurance plans used to require patients to get referrals from a medical doctor before seeing a chiropractor. This lengthened the time frame for patients getting the crucial care they needed, however, as the arduous referral process was both cumbersome and elusive for many. As more people sought the safe and beneficial services of chiropractors like Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, insurance plan moderators recognized the need to skip the referral process and allow patients to call directly to get the benefits they require and deserve. This improved healthcare and allowed patients and chiropractic offices more healthcare choice freedoms. While we enjoy the referrals of many medical professionals in the area and appreciate the proximity of quality medical providers in the area, it is essential to note that referral is no longer needed for patients from anyone.

Chiropractic healthcare is a good form of whole-body medicine that emphasizes non-drug, non-surgical approaches to many health complaints. After completing pre-med undergraduate education, chiropractors attend four-year chiropractic school training, including neurology, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, chemistry, psychology, diagnosis, chiropractic adjusting, and other hands-on healing methods.

Chiropractors attend an internship at local hospitals and other clinics to obtain clinical skills and help the communities they work in. Dr. Oskardmay had her internships at the Lombard National Clinic of Chiropractic Student Clinic and the Salvation Army Clinics in Chicago, IL. Since graduating in 1995, she provides chiropractic and acupuncture care to Triangle residents at her clinic in Chapel Hill, NC. Call today at (919) 929-1400, email or visit our website 24 hours a day to schedule an appointment and get the healthcare you deserve. We are here for you!


Serving the communities of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Hillsborough, and the rest of the NC Triangle

205 Providence Rd. Chapel Hill NC 27514 | Phone: (919) 929-1400

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