Choosing the right health care provider is a little like fitting together pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. You have to match your specific needs with their particular talents and bedside manner. These articles explain how to find the right provider for your family's needs, from hospitals, nursing homes and managed care plans to primary care physicians and chiropractors.
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The two major types of managed care are health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs). As managed care evolves in the U.S., the differences between these types of plans are blurring. Still, it's important to be aware that there may still be certain variations, including cost.
As part of their strategy to increase quality-of-care and control costs, many managed-care plans require patients to choose a primary-care physician (PCP)--usually a family practitioner, internist or pediatrician--to provide basic medical care.
Most managed-care plans fall into two major categories: the preferred provider orgnization (PPO) and the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Although there are differences among managed-care plans, they all aim to contain costs.
The ABCs of HMOs. Answers to commonly asked questions: How does managed care differ from traditional insurance? What are the differences between HMOs, PPOs and POSs? And much more.
From HMO's to PPO's to Critical Illness plans, what will work for you.