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After I File For Disability Will Social Security Pay For Me To See A Doctor?

Many disability applicants have a misconception as to the medical examinations provided by Social Security. Social Security consultative examinations are just short cursory examinations that give disability examiners enough current medical information to make a disability determination.

Consultative examinations are not to provide the disability applicant with medical treatment, although there are times that Social Security does perform additional medical testing that might be useful to the disability applicant.

Generally, Social Security does not schedule a consultative medical examination if an individual has had A) medical treatment in the past for their disability condition or conditions and B) current medical treatment for their disabling condition or conditions.

Additionally, there are times when disability examiners find other impairments mentioned in an individual's medical information that have not been alleged by the applicant but must be addressed.

For example, if an individual is filing for disability for a back problem and they happen to mention that they have been depressed or their doctor’s notes show that the applicant is being prescribed medication for depression, they may have to attend a consultative examination in order for Social Security to address the severity of their depression.

Some applicants have to attend consultative examinations because they either have no medical treatment or they have medical treatment information that is more than ninety days old. Either way, disability examiners are required to schedule whatever consultative examinations are needed to provide current information about a disability applicant's medical and/or mental conditions.

Lastly, an individual might be required to attend a consultative examination even if they have a medical history and current medical evidence that addresses their disability condition. If the disability examiner cannot make a decision with the medical evidence in the file, they may send the disability applicant to a specialist (i.e. orthopedist, neurologist, etc.) for clarification of the medical information they have received from treating medical sources.

For the most part, disability applicants are sent for consultative examinations to get an idea of their ability to engage in work activity. Which means that the physician just checks general things like blood pressure, heart rate, and ability to move around if the individual is alleging a physical impairment; or the applicants ability to perform routine repetitive tasks in spite of their mental condition if they are alleging a mental condition.

Most consultative examinations are only done to allow the disability examiners to approve or deny an individual’s disability claim. And unfortunately, most consultative examinations do not lead to an approval for Social Security Disability.

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

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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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