It is vital to receive continuous medical care while pursuing a social security disability claim (SSDI/SSI) as the care an individual receives becomes documented in medical records, and then forms the basis of the disability case. If a claimant is not receiving medical treatment, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be unable to assess the severity of the condition, and the degree of impact on your activities of daily living. Sadly, even if a person is not receiving medical care due to the extreme cost of insurance, SSA will not grant any exceptions. Without ongoing, active, medical care, SSA will likely deny your case.
The level, or frequency, of care, depends on the medical condition. A condition that changes or has multiple impacts requires more up-to-date information than a condition that is slowly progressing (or has been unchanged for years). Again, information from medical sources allow the SSA to make an independent medical judgment regarding the nature and severity of your medical condition.
Medical records that often carry the most weight with SSA are medical source statements from your treating physician. A treating physician will generally know your medical condition better than any other source.
If there is a lack of medical evidence in your file, a disability examiner will schedule a Consultative Exam (CE) with a private physician. However, the Social Security exams are brief and rarely used as a basis of approval of any claim.