for a lot of reasons, many psychologists are opting out of insurance plans [too much paperwork, privacy issues, the fact that insurers dictate what they can and cannot say or do, all kinds of things]. But a lot of insurers also will reimburse you for the visits, at least to some extent. This means you'll have to shell out the money, of course, but if you file the paperwork, the company will send you some of the money.
check your policy - or call your insurance.
if this isn't an option, are there ANY psychs who are on your plan? if so, it'd probably be worth a call to see if they'd do the evaluation. there are standard questions and discussions that the evaluation requires, and if the plan psychs can handle them, and understand the issues, this could work.
I gotta say, though, that if your insurance company covers the surgery and all the preop evals and such, then it's really strange that they won't cover the psych eval. might be worth a phone call to them.
It must seem like I'm avoiding answering your question - i do indeed know several psychs who do the evals, but i also know that they don't take insurance, so you'd be in the same situation you are now, only more frustrated. the ideas i've tossed out here might help you get the eval AND avoid hefty fees.
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