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copayment

(kō′pā′mənt)
n.
A specified sum of money that patients covered by a health insurance plan pay for a given type of service, usually at the time the service is rendered.

copayment

[kō′pāmənt]
(in the United States) an amount paid by a health insurance plan enrollee for each office or emergency department visit or purchase of prescription drugs in addition to the amount paid by the insurance company. See also deductible.

co·pay·ment

, copay (kōpā-mĕnt, kōpā)
A fixed or set amount paid for each health care or medical service; the remainder is paid by the health insurance plan. In common parlance, copay is the term used.
See also: coinsurance, cost sharing
Synonym(s): out-of-pocket costs, out-of-pocket expenses.

co·pay·ment

, copay (kōpā-mĕnt, kōpā)
That portion of a dental care charge for which the patient herself, rather than a third party payor (i.e., insurer), is responsible.

copayment,

n the beneficiary's share of the dental professional's fee after the benefits plan has paid.
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The alternative benchmark plan carries higher co-payments and deductibles for employees to pay, but has no premium increase, he said.
The study found that practices could increase their co-payments for nurse consultations and/ or reduce their fees for GP consultations in order to improve the cost effectives of task substitution.
The report says that 50% or so of consumers who do not utilize health care services extensively are subject mainly to premiums and plan fees but do not often pay co-payments and rarely must meet deductibles; on the other hand, consumers with chronic conditions and those who otherwise utilize plan services frequently pay not only premiums and plan fees but also make frequent co-payments and often become subject to deductibles and plan coverage limits.
To offset the negative effects of having people with chronic illnesses shouldering an excessive financial burden of co-payments, a chronic-care clinic system was developed.
Workers whose employers switch from flat co-payment drug plans to so-called "tiered" systems are more likely to start using less expensive drugs but also to stop taking their prescriptions entirely, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The co-payments will encourage patients to skip their medications.
ADFMs enrolled in TRICARE Prime will no longer have to make co-payments for the care they receive from their civilian providers.
You should understand what kind of coverage you have and what the benefits are, such as choice of doctors and clinics, and drug coverage, and you should understand the costs for premiums, co-payments, and deductibles.
President Clinton sent a strong signal in early July when he removed from his Medicare reform proposal a requirement that patients share more of the cost of their home health treatment by making co-payments for each visit by an aide or nurse.
The court further found that BCBSO, as an ERISA fiduciary, had breached a duty not to misinform plan participants about the actual percentage of their co-payments, by not disclosing the discounting scheme.
Prisons extract money from their inmates by charging for court costs, imposing medical co-payments, seizing prisoners' assets, garnishing prisoners' wages, and pursuing former prisoners for the cost of their incarceration.
Some in Washington believe 'Cadillac' plans have lower deductibles and co-payments, but high-dollar plans relate more to misery and sickness from chronic disease," said Ross, who warns that the perception of taxing "the guy covered by the rich health plan" will backlash into a "circular firing squad.