Definition of self-refer in US English:



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  • 1Make an appointment with a medical specialist oneself, rather than being referred by a primary care physician.

    ‘patients may self-refer, though half are referred by their physician’
  • 2US (of a doctor) refer a patient to a medical facility in which one has a financial interest.

    ‘investigators found that the number of tests doctors order jumps the year after they begin to self-refer’