This is an all too common question that potential patients have
about chiropractic. The Answer is No. Doctors of Chiropractic are
primary health care providers. According to the Center for Studies in
Health Policy, "The DC can provide all three levels of primary care
interventions and therefore is a primary care provider, as are MDs
and DOs. The doctor of chiropractic is a gatekeeper to the health
care system and an independent practitioner who provides primary
care services”. Currently, all fifty states consider chiropractors to be
licensed primary care providers, and recognize the DC's office as a
direct access portal of entry to the health care system.
PPO insurances permit patients to self refer and schedule an
appointment directly with a chiropractor and do not require an
authorization from a family doctor. You get to make your own healthy
choices. Unfortunately, there is one exception to every rule.
Regardless of their DC’s qualifications, patients with an HMO type of
medical insurance, must contact their family doctor to obtain
authorization, before scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor
along with many other medical specialists.
We have extensive training in diagnosis, and can determine what your condition is, and the best method to
manage your case. You are certainly entitled to ask your MD’s opinion on chiropractic, but be aware that some
general practitioners may still have limited knowledge concerning the many chiropractic spinal management
techniques. Keep in mind, we are also trained to recognize disorders beyond the chiropractic scope of practice
and when to refer a patient to the appropriate medical specialist.