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A form of health insurance where the policyholder pays for medical expenses out-of-pocket and receives a reimbursement from the insurer. That is, a fee-for-service plan reduces the insurer's risk that the plan might be abused by requiring the policyholder to pay for expenses first, and only reimburses him/her afterward. Generally speaking, a fee-for-service policy includes some co-insurance. Some medical practices require fee-for-service payment to reduce the risk that it cannot perform a procedure if the insurer denies coverage. That is, the practice expects the patient to pay when the service is given and to file with the insurer for reimbursement afterward.
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When you're covered by fee-for-service health insurance, you pay your medical bills and file a claim for reimbursement from your insurance company.

Most fee-for-service plans pay a percentage -- often 70% to 80% -- of the amount they allow for each office visit or medical treatment. You pay the balance of the approved charge plus any amount that exceeds the approved charge.

Your share of the approved charge is called coinsurance.

If you are enrolled in Original Medicare, which is a fee-for-service plan, your healthcare provider will file the insurance claim on your behalf.

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