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Preferred provider concept ‘erodes freedom of choice’

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THE concept of preferred referral providers could erode a fundamental tenet of UK veterinary practice, according to a group of referral facilities which have chosen not to join a preferred referral network recently established by insurance company RSA (VR, January 2, 2016, vol 178, p 6).

In a statement to the veterinary press on February 5, the referral facilities say that they share the common belief that ‘the freedom of first opinion veterinary surgeons to recommend …

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