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How do you get referred to Mayo Clinic? How do you get referred to Mayo Clinic?

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Unread 01-19-2004, 03:09 PM
How do you get referred to Mayo Clinic?

We have a Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and I was wondering how you get referred there? As far as I can tell we don't have any gyn/uro's or gyn/onc's in our area. Although we have not figured out the causes of my continued pain yet, I am concerned about the expertise of any surgeons dealing with pelvic pain if I am to see one. I have read posts here concerning the importance of getting the right physician for the complex problems that we are faced with. I am not sure if my insurance will pay for the Mayo clinic since it is out of state. Any information would be appreciated.
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Unread 01-20-2004, 11:26 AM
How do you get referred to Mayo Clinic?

Hi Kelou..

I don't know how you'd go about doing that, but maybe once this gets a someone who knows more about it will have an

I hope you find the information you need for this!!

Unread 01-20-2004, 11:40 AM
How do you get referred to Mayo Clinic?

My husband went to Mayo Clinic last year. We had to have our PCP call ahead with a referral and then we called and got a patient number to make an appointment. I don't know if all the Dr.s there require that or not. Have you checked their website for info?

This address will take you to info about becoming a patient. It says not all specialists require a referral. Good luck!
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Unread 01-20-2004, 03:11 PM
How do you get referred to Mayo Clinic?

Dear Kelou,

I have gone to the Mayo clinic three times (2 times in Rochester MN and one time in Scottsdale). Each time I was referred by my doctor. This last time I was able to directly see the Gyn/Onc specialist because my doctor knows him (and vice versa)... I have heard that if you refer yourself they will have you see General doctors first before they then funnel you to the specialists.

You may want to check the Mayo web page for Florida and make sure they have a good Gyn dept...

My PCP told me that when he tries to refer patients to Mayo, they will review the records to determine if they can help the patient before setting up an appointment.

If you are interested in the name of the doctor I am seeing at Mayo Scottsdale let me know.


Unread 01-20-2004, 06:49 PM
Referral to the Mayo Clinic

Dear Kelou,

I referred myself to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona twice for diagnositic work-ups. If you make your own appointment, you have to go in through Regional and International Medicine, and meet with an internist first before seeing specialists. This was great with me as I was looking for a really good second opinion and did not want to even begin to let my drs decide what was wrong with me or guess myself. I cannot say enough about my experience. They did figure out what was going on with my pelvic pain, and also had a pretty good idea about my joint pain. I had surgery, then, twice, at the Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Initially, you hand carry your records which are reviewed by the internist, who then performs a thorough physical exam. Lots of questions. Then they figure out what specialists and tests you need. I saw rheumatologists, gynecologists, a psychiatrist, had a CAT scan, MRI, hearing test, 2 echocardiograms, 24 hour urine and lots of blood work. I am sure there was more. The exams take 4-8 working days (in my experience 4 was too rushed, 8 turned out to be really expensive with hotels and plane changes, but I got to see everyone). At the end of your visit, you meet with the same internist you see the first day and go over the exam results and any recommendations for follow-up care. They will write a letter within a few weeks which you can choose to send to a local doctor or not.

I have to run, but if you have any more questions I would be happy to answer.
I wish you luck -- I am very glad I went,
With love and light,
Unread 01-20-2004, 07:37 PM
hello there

Hello there I go to mayo here because my hubby works for them but go to your general doctor and tell them you would like to be referred to mayo clinic . you can all so go to mayo and wait but the problem with that is you may wait for days or you may not get in at all .

If you where going to the one in rochester mn I could give you the names of some really good doctors and my surgeon he was the best they have up here and he is really friendly .

well I wish you the best I hope you got in sarah
tah age 29 do to bleeding not stopping
Unread 01-20-2004, 11:37 PM
About insurance coverage

The Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale is not a Blue Cross/Blue Shield preferred provider, which means that, if you have BC/BS, you may end up paying significant portions of your bill out of pocket (I did, or should I say still am). They are on another network of out-of-state providers for another of our insurance plans called I think the Beech Street Network, which covers a visit there more thoroughly.

I would agree with Sarah about checking the gyn staff. I went to AZ instead of Minnesota or Florida because it was a cheaper flight, easier to get an appointment more quickly, and had a friend who had a positive experience. I lucked out when I ended up with a wonderful gynecologist/surgeon. Maybe it is worth a trip to AZ, if you are thinking of traveling anyway? For me, the closest place in terms of mileage wasn't the easiest to get to, nor the best option for treatment.

Thinking of you,
Unread 01-21-2004, 10:55 AM
How do you get referred to Mayo Clinic?

Thanks for the info. You have given me a lot to think about and research. I just assumed that any Mayo Clinic would have the best doctors. I need to check into insurance issues cause I can't afford to pay out of pocket.
Unread 01-21-2004, 12:00 PM
How do you get referred to Mayo Clinic?

Maybe the FIRST thing to do is to call the insurance company. Discuss the lack of available specialists in your area and find out what the procedures are for seeing "out-of-network" specialists. There usually are some appeals and paperwork and whatnot, but it may be possible. Then when you see your doctor, you will be able to tell him or her what hoops need to be jumped through.

Good luck with this!

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