A physician specialist is a physician that focuses on one area of medicine or a group of patients. They practice within a single field and become experts who can diagnose, prevent, manage, or treat symptoms and conditions affecting a specific patient population.
Some areas on which a physician specialist may focus include:
By specializing in one field, the physician becomes an expert on specific disease states, age groups, or body parts.
The physician specialist works similarly to a general practitioner, examining patients, diagnosing issues, and creating treatment plans. Insurance coverage for specialist appointments is usually different than for a primary care provider, and often entails a higher copay or coinsurance amount.