self-refer

verb
self-re·​fer | \ ˌself-ri-ˈfər How to pronounce self-refer (audio) \
self-referred; self-referring; self-refers

Definition of self-refer

intransitive verb

1 : to refer oneself to a health-care provider (such as a physician) students self-referring to mental health professionals health plans that allow patients to self-refer
2 of a physician : to refer a patient to a specialized medical facility (such as a medical imaging center) in which the referring physician has a financial interest

First Known Use of self-refer

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Self-refer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-refer. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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