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Reports Say Self-Referrals by Doctors Do Not Help Patients
California Healthline

A set of studies in the journal Health Affairs finds that supposed benefits of physician self-referral often do not materialize for patients and frequently lead to higher costs. For example, researchers found that the self-referral practice could limit same-day medical imaging scans and that patients rarely have quicker recoveries from illnesses. The studies were funded by the Blue Shield of California Foundation.