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Doctor-shopping has become a phrase that refers to the practice of a patient requesting care from multiple physicians, often simultaneously, without making efforts to coordinate care or informing the physicians of the multiple caregivers, often with the intention to receive more medications than would otherwise be prescribed by a single caregiver.

This usually stems from a patient's addiction to, or physical dependence on, certain prescription medications typically opioids, but also occurs due to inadequate treatment of pain as some physicians fear being labeled a high-prescriber by regulators. Doctor shopping in this context is illegal in most areas.

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