Almost every patient will, at some point, require a physician referral, typically from a primary care doctor. Much of the time, patients aren’t provided options. Referrals are made based on a number of factors, the most significant one being who is in their healthcare system. That’s not true all the time, especially in rural areas where specialists are hard to find. But how do doctor referrals work? And why does it matter to you, a supplier or provider to the healthcare industry? Let’s explore these questions.