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Thread: Referral duration

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    Default Referral duration

    Hi all,

    I'm wondering if anyone has any knowledge about referrals.

    I've been seeing a gyne for fertility issues for about a year. My last visit was last week, and as I was leaving the receptionist told me that if I need to go back then I'll need a new referral. I was a bit surprised because the problem is the same - unfortunately - nothing has changed there! My gyne didn't mention the referral and she's expecting us back if DH and I decide to go ahead with IVF (we probably will).

    Do referrals 'expire'? This is all new for me, and I have no idea.



    Thanks girls. Any wisdom appreciated!

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    Hi Allie

    A referral only has a 12 month life. I have been asked to get a new referral before I go back to my specialist too. Not sure about why only 12 months - maybe something to do with Medicare?

    Saffi

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    Generally referrals last for 12 months. I'm sure it has something to do with medicare, too.

    However, it is possible to ask for an ongoing referral which is unlimited. I didn't know they existed until my referral to my rheumatologist expired for the third time and this time my GP gave me an ongoing one.

    BW

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    Yep, referrals last for 12 months, some less. If you don't have a valid referral when you go to see your specialist then you won't be able to claim any money from Medicare.

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    As the other girls have said a referal will only last 12 months. I was told by my OB receptionist that its b/c of Medicare.

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    Thanks for your advice girls. I feel more confident now. I'll get a new referral later this month, I just wasn't sure whether I needed to before.

    Have a Fun Friday everyone.

    Allie

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