A patient should not be restricted from self-referral to the most appropriate provider for his or her needs. Every person should have a family physician for continuing, comprehensive, and personal care. The family physician, through a shared decision-making process with the patient, should guide consultations and referrals to other health care professionals. The patient is best served through informed decision-making with his/her family physician, along with input from family and care givers when appropriate. (1981) (2013 COD)
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