I wonder the following: a physician in California, United States, gives to their patient a laboratory test requisition (e.g., a blood test) that is only valid in a lab affiliated with the physician. The patient asks for a laboratory test requisition for a different blood test center and the physician refuses. Is such a refusal legal?

  • The physician is free to contract with anyone. As is the patient. The patient can see another doctor. – Trish Feb 13 at 10:38
  • #Trish A requisition is not a contract, however. In the US, a physician normally has no contract with the lab doing tests, which is why they bill the patient (or the patient's insurance) directly and separately. – David Siegel Feb 13 at 19:13

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