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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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Option 3 requires monthly premiums ranging between $20 for single coverage and $80 for family coverage, employee copayments of $35 for doctors' office visits or in-hospital care, a $400 deductible for in-hospital benefits, and an employee copayment of 25 percent of the remaining costs of doctor or in-hospital expenses, with maximum annual out-of-pocket expenses of $3,000.
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