A Point of Service (POS) plan is a type of healthcare plan that charges less if you visit medical providers (i.e., physicians and hospitals) that participate in the plan’s network. However, like PPO plans, you do have the option to seek care from out-of-network providers.
When you need medical attention and have a POS plan, you may choose to visit a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare facility that participates in your plan’s network in order to incur the least out-of-pocket expenses possible. However, if you choose to visit a provider that is out of your network, then you still benefit from coverage but out-of-network services have higher out-of-pocket costs.
POS plans are designed to keep your costs low, as long as you visit providers who are in-network. POS plans will cost you more if you choose providers outside of your network, so you can limit your out-of-pocket costs by being mindful of where you receive care.
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You can choose the provider that you want to see, whether they’re in-network or not.
You aren’t required to select a primary care physician, which is often a requirement for other types of healthcare plans.
You don’t need a referral to see an out-of-network specialist, which greatly increases your selection of integrated care providers.
If your preferred provider is not in your would-be network, then continuously visiting an out-of-network provider will result in higher expenses for you.
There may not be many POS-participating physicians in your area. You shouldn’t settle for an in-network provider just because they are your only option if you want to keep costs low.
You may need to get a referral from a Primary Care Physician before you can receive care from an in-network specialist.
There are several other healthcare plans available to meet your needs. Check out the links below for more information.
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