What Is In-Network Care?

By YourCareEverywhere Staff @YourCareE
September 12, 2023

In-network healthcare is when your doctor has a contract with your health insurance plan to provide healthcare for established fees. Learn more here.

Your health insurance company will most likely negotiate contracts with your healthcare providers. The providers are in your network. They usually include doctors, specialists, labs for test results, radiology facilities, and pharmacies.

The contracts are an agreement between your health plan and providers about how much the health plan will pay for services. Usually, the payments are lower than what your provider normally will charge. The contracts also include your share of costs. Your share might include copayments, coinsurance, and any deductible in your plan.


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For example, your primary care doctor may agree with your health plan to charge $100 per visit. If your copay is $20, your insurance pays the rest, or $80.

If you see a healthcare provider outside of your network, your costs are usually much higher.

It is very important to understand all of your in-network costs before you sign up for a health insurance plan. If you visit your doctor often, you might want to choose an insurance plan that has lower in-network costs. If you have lower in-network costs, however, your premium (the monthly amount you pay for health insurance) may be higher.

You should always consider all of your anticipated healthcare costs, as well as plan for unanticipated healthcare costs, before choosing a health plan.

Carefully read your open enrollment health insurance marketplaceemployer enrollment plan, or Medicare or Medicaid options before choosing the right plan for you and your family.


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September 12, 2023

Reviewed By:  

Christopher Nystuen, MD, MBA