Fee-for-service (FFS)

A fee-for-service health plan allows you to see any provider -- doctors, hospitals, and so forth -- you want to see. Either the health plan pays the provider directly for the care you get, or it reimburses you for paying. A FFS plan tends to be more expensive than managed care plans, like an HMO or PPO. In part, that's because HMO or PPO plans contract with providers to take a discounted fee for certain services.

WebMD Definition Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on July 24, 2018
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