self-referral

noun

self-re·​fer·​ral ˌself-ri-ˈfər-əl How to pronounce self-referral (audio)
plural self-referrals
1
: the act of referring oneself to a health-care provider (such as a physician)
self-referrals for obstetric care
2
: the referral of a patient to a specialized medical facility (such as a medical imaging center) in which the referring physician has a financial interest

Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-referral was in 1939

Dictionary Entries Near self-referral

Cite this Entry

“Self-referral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-referral. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

self-referral

noun
self-re·​fer·​ral -ri-ˈfər-əl How to pronounce self-referral (audio)
1
: the act of referring oneself to a health-care provider (as a physician)
self-referrals for orthopedic care
2
of a physician : the referral of a patient to a specialized medical facility (as a medical imaging center) in which the referring physician has a financial interest
self-referrals—the referral of patients to an entity with which the referring physician has a financial relationship—are outlawed by the Ethics in Patient Referral Act as well as numerous state statutes. Paul E. Kalb
self-refer intransitive verb
self-referred; self-referring
health plans that allow patients to self-refer
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