Get to Know Your Words: Referral

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A direction from a more general professional, like a primary care physician, to a specialist for further action

The COVID-19 testing sites in Philadelphia want a referral from your doctor, which is why people who have symptoms are directed to call their primary care physician first. Some have a process for people without a referral, but it takes more time. 

referral - a direction from a more general professional, like a primary care physician, to a specialist for further action

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