Recent studies show that people living with psoriatic disease are at higher risk of developing other related health conditions. This means that, depending on your unique situation, you may need to see other specialists to help maintain your overall health or manage a related condition.
The good news is that making healthy lifestyle choices, in addition to treating your psoriatic disease, can reduce your risk for developing related conditions.
However, it’s still important to learn about these conditions, know which providers can help manage them and understand how to get a referral to the appropriate specialist for early diagnosis and proper treatment.
Finding other specialists
The process of finding a specialist may be different depending on your insurance status and the type of health plan that you have. Certain health plans require you to get a referral (a written order from your primary care provider for you to see a specialist or to obtain certain medical services).
You should review your health plan’s benefits summary or call your health plan member services to find out if you are required to get a referral to see a specialist.
If you need help reviewing your benefits summary, contact an NPF Patient Navigator.