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 Healthcare 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.