Health United States 2020-2021

Preferred provider organization (PPO)

A type of medical plan in which coverage is provided to participants through a network of selected health care providers, such as hospitals and physicians. Enrollees may seek care outside the network but pay a greater percentage of the cost of coverage than within the network. (Also see Sources and Definitions, Health maintenance organization [HMO]; Managed care.)

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