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What is a health insurance network?

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Doctors and hospitals often contract with insurance companies to become part of the company's "network." The contracts spell out what they will be paid for the care they provide. If you go to a doctor in your insurance company's network, you will pay less out of your own pocket than if you go to a doctor who doesn't have a contract with your insurer. Some insurance plans will not pay anything if you do not use a network provider (except in the case of an emergency). So it is important to consult the plan’s network before seeking care.

From: How to Use Your Health Insurance WebMD Medical Reference

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Institute of Medicine: "Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance in 2014." 

Institute of Medicine: "Let's Ask 4?s"

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on July 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Institute of Medicine: "Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance in 2014." 

Institute of Medicine: "Let's Ask 4?s"

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on July 16, 2018

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