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Preferred provider

A provider who has a contract with your health insurer or plan to provide services to you at a discount. Check your policy to see if you can see all preferred providers or if your health insurance or plan has a โ€œtieredโ€ network and you must pay extra to see some providers. Your health insurance or plan may have preferred providers who are also โ€œparticipatingโ€ providers. Participating providers also contract with your health insurer or plan, but the discount may not be as great, and you may have to pay more.

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