coinsurance

noun
co·in·sur·ance | \ˌkō-ən-ˈshu̇r-ən(t)s also -ˈin-ˌshu̇r- \

Definition of coinsurance 

1 : joint assumption of risk (as by two underwriters) with another

2 : insurance (such as fire insurance) in which the insured is obligated to maintain coverage on a risk at a stipulated percentage of its total value or in the event of loss suffer a penalty in proportion to the deficiency

3 : health insurance in which the insured is required to pay a fixed percentage of the cost of medical expenses after the deductible has been paid and the insurer pays the remaining expenses Coinsurance is not a new idea—Americans who grew up in the era before managed care will remember their parents paying 20% of the costs of office visits, tests, and prescriptions.— Thomas H. Lee et al.

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The copay will be waived, but Medicare beneficiaries will still be responsible for a portion of the bill under the coinsurance provision of their plan, Siddique said. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "Patient beware: Insurance covers colonoscopies in full - except when it doesn't," 20 Apr. 2018 Proponents say that in an age of increasingly high deductibles and coinsurance charges, such help is the only way some patients can afford crucial medications. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Prescription drug copay help: 2018 changes leave patients paying more," 4 June 2018 Women who need more complex pumps — ones that have always required coinsurance payments — now must shell out more money as a result of Anthem’s decision, breastfeeding advocates say. Samantha Young, Washington Post, "Insurer Slashes Breast Pump Payments, Stoking Fears Fewer Moms Will Breastfeed," 23 May 2018 Seniors also face costly premiums and coinsurance expenses. Christy Bieber, USA TODAY, "Should you retire in 2018? Questions to consider first," 7 Apr. 2018 What the $280,000 estimate does include are out-of-pocket drug expenses, Medicare deductibles and coinsurance expenses. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Health costs in retirement: 5 things you should know," 22 Apr. 2018 More than $5 billion of those savings benefit patients through lower deductible and coinsurance payments. Kaiser Health News, Washington Post, "Readers Seek Transparency On Surgery Centers, ‘Bill Of The Month’ Investigations," 28 Mar. 2018 Prescription copay/coinsurance tiers represent the level of payment for which a patient is responsible. Cathy Cunningham, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Why are so many more medications not covered by insurance?," 21 Mar. 2018 Since under this particular plan the coinsurance is 10 percent, that also reveals the reimbursement rate by the insurance company. Jeanne Pinder, Philly.com, "Philly Health Costs: Frequently Asked Questions," 20 Feb. 2018

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circa 1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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coinsurance

noun
co·in·sur·ance | \ˌkō-ən-ˈshu̇r-ən(t)s, -ˈshər- also -ˈin-ˌshu̇r-, -ˌshər- \

Medical Definition of coinsurance 

: health insurance in which an insurer requires the insured to pay a fixed percentage of the cost of medical expenses after the deductible has been paid and with the insurer to pay the remaining expenses Coinsurance is not a new idea—Americans who grew up in the era before managed care will remember their parents paying 20% of the costs of office visits, tests, and prescriptions.— Thomas H. Lee et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 24 July 2008

coinsurance

noun
co·in·sur·ance | \ˌkō-in-ˈshu̇r-əns, kō-ˈin-ˌshu̇r- \

Legal Definition of coinsurance 

1 : joint assumption of risk (as by two underwriters) with another

2 : insurance (as fire insurance) in which the insured is obligated to maintain coverage on a risk at a stipulated percentage of its total value or in the event of loss to suffer a penalty in proportion to the deficiency

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