Preferred Provider Organizations

Preferred provider organizations are a type of health plan. PPOs have a network of doctors, hospitals, and other providers who have agreed to charge less for plan members. Members of the health plan have access to a list of providers in the network by name and location. Generally with a PPO, you do not need a referral from your primary care provider when you want to see a specialist. With PPO coverage, you may also choose to seek care from providers that do not participate in the plan's network. However, going outside the network comes with additional costs.  

 

 

WebMD Definition Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on April 27, 2017
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