A network of providers which a health plan identifies as network providers for purposes of plan benefits. Typically the PPO requires the policyholder to pay higher costs when they seek care from an out-of-network provider.
A network of health care providers with which a health insurer has negotiated contracts for its insured population to receive health services at discounted costs. Health care decisions generally remain with the patient as he she selects providers and determines his or her own need for services. Patients have financial incentives to select providers within the PPO network.
A type of health plan that contracts with medical providers, such as hospitals and doctors, to create a network of participating providers. You pay less if you use providers that belong to the plan’s network. You can use doctors, hospitals, and providers outside of the network for an additional cost.
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