self-referral

noun
self-re·​fer·​ral | \ ˌself-ri-ˈfər-əl How to pronounce self-referral (audio) \
plural self-referrals

Definition of self-referral

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

First Known Use of self-referral

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Self-referral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-referral. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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self-referral

noun
self-re·​fer·​ral | \ -ri-ˈfər-əl How to pronounce self-referral (audio) \

Medical Definition of self-referral

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

Other Words from self-referral

self-refer \ -​ri-​ˈfər How to pronounce self-refer (audio) \ intransitive verb self-referred; self-referring
health plans that allow patients to self-refer

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