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Will I be sent to my own doctor for a disability examination for SSD or SSI?

If you are currently receiving treatment from a doctor, you may not have to go to a disability examination. It will depend on how thorough your doctors notes are and if the there is objective medical evidence within your file to allow the disability examiner to make their medical determination. In general, Social Security will not send you for a consultative examination unless you have no medical treatment or you have no current medical treatment (treatment within the past ninety days).

If they require a consultative examination, disability examiners prefer to use your doctor to conduct the examination, if they are qualified, willing, and equipped with the additional examination and tests for the usual fee schedule. Social Security’s rules allow the use of an independent source for the consultative examination or test if: your treating source prefers not to perform the examination, there are conflicts or inconsistencies in your medical file that cannot be clarified or resolved by using your treating source, or you prefer another doctor for good reasons, or prior experience with your treating source shows they may not be a productive source.

As a former disability examiner, I would say that very few disability applicants attend consultative examinations with their own doctors. Most disability claimants attend examinations with doctors who are paid by Social Security to perform very basic status type examinations. If you have a physical disability, the consultative doctor may not specialize in the medical field of your disabling condition.

For example, you have a severe back problem, but are sent to a doctor who specializes in internal medicine. Social Security may not have a physician who specializes in the field of your disabling condition in the area, so they use what they have to get information necessary for their medical disability determinations.

If you have a mental disability, your Social Security consultative examination will be conducted by a mental health professional. Most areas have plenty of mental health professionals and therefore Social Security can easily contract for their services.

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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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