How the Advantage Plan works
When you join this plan, you choose a primary care clinic. You may pick a different primary care clinic for each family member to best meet each persons individual health needs. For example, you may choose a family practice doctor for yourself, an internist for your spouse and a pediatrician for your children.
Although you are not required to select a primary care physician, we encourage you to establish a long-term relationship with a physician you trust. A doctor who knows you and your needs can be one of your most valuable health care resources. This physician will direct all of your care and refer you to a specialist or admit you to a hospital, if needed.
If your primary care physician determines that you need the care of a specialist or other specialty services, you will be referred to a provider within the Allina Advantage network. Once you have obtained a referral, you may contact the specialist's office directly to schedule your appointment. If you do not get a referral, you may be required to pay for the services you receive.