Can Medicare help me find a psychiatrist who accepts Medicare?

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Can Medicare refer you to a psychiatrist who accepts Medicare?

Expert Answer

Yes, the Medicare web site has an interactive service called theĀ Find a Physician page. Click on it and you can find a psychiatrist near you who accepts Medicare patients. Or, you can get the same information by calling Medicare toll-free at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Bear in mind, though, that getting from Medicare the name of psychiatrists who accept Medicare patients doesn't guarantee that a particular doctor will accept you as a patient. Many doctors limit the number of Medicare patients they will accept, and many doctors simply have a full patient roster and do not accept any new patients. The fact that a doctor accepts Medicare doesn't mean he or she is required to accept you as a patient.