The next step is finding the right DMR provider, said Chris Gagnon, CEO of DMR Network.
“You’re trying to figure out what’s going to work for your family, and if they’re having problems finding the doctor who can do the right diagnosis, then you’re going to need a referral from the DMR team,” Gagnonsaid.
“It can be quite a long process.”DMRs are a common approach to finding a doctor, said Dr. Jonathan Wiens, associate professor of family medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.
He said the DMT provider can also be a good source of referrals, even if you don’t need a doctor.
“We have found DMRs to be very successful in obtaining referrals and are a good option if you’re just looking for a local provider,” Wiens said.
“And I’m a big advocate of using local DMR providers for patients who may have other problems that need to be addressed before we go to a DMR center.”
Wiens said that the most important thing to do in finding a DMT appointment is to find out what kind of care the provider will provide.
“If they’re an MD, then it can be very helpful to get an MD DMR appointment,” Wiresaid.
“If they are a nurse practitioner, then that can be a problem, because they can be more expensive,” Wien said.
“In general, it’s a good idea to ask the provider how much it would cost to have an appointment with them,” said Dr, Nancy Kopp, MD, RD, FRCPC, director of the department of emergency medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
“A lot of providers will give you a referral, and they can cost you less than a full-time nurse.”
Wines said that some providers may charge more for DMR consultations than they are willing to provide for a full diagnostic.
“In some cases, I’ve had to wait for two or three months,” she said.
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