Maybe you’ve read that one of the best ways to save on health care costs is to “stay in network.” But you’re not sure what that means.
You’re not alone. Many people find the term confusing. We’re here to help you understand what in-network means for you.
A network is a group of health care providers. It includes doctors, specialists, dentists, hospitals and other facilities. These health care providers have a contract with us. As part of the contract, they provide services to our members at a lower rate.
This contract rate is usually much lower than what the doctor would charge if you were not an Aetna member. And the network doctor agrees to accept the contract rate as payment. You pay your coinsurance or copay, along with your deductible.
So what does this all mean? It means you have access to the care you need at a lower price. And the difference in cost can be huge — for the same type of service or procedure.
There may be times when you decide to visit a doctor or hospital not in the Aetna network. Usually, your costs are higher for care out of the network. Get more information on paying for care from out-of-network doctors and hospitals.
Aetna is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Aetna group of subsidiary companies, including Aetna Life Insurance Company and its affiliates (Aetna).
This material is for information only. Providers are independent contractors and are not agents of Aetna. Provider participation may change without notice. Aetna does not provide care or guarantee access to health services. Information is believed to be accurate as of the production date; however, it is subject to change.