Your health is important. So when you or a family member need care, you want the best possible outcome. That’s why we offer a health plan that has identified doctors who provide high-quality, cost-efficient care—with consistently better results. Here are two ways you can get the quality care you deserve while saving money at the same time.
1. Choose Tier 1 Physicians
These physicians have been evaluated and recognized for quality of care and cost efficiency. This can mean lower costs and fewer complications. For example, compared to other orthopedic surgeons, Tier 1 orthopedic surgeons achieved the following when performing knee replacement procedures1:
- 37% fewer repeat procedures
- 18% lower complication rates
- 25% lower per-episode costs
Tier 1 physicians work in a wide range of specialties, like family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, orthopedics and more. When you’re selecting a new physician, look for the Tier 1 symbol.
2. Go to a Freestanding Facility
A freestanding facility is an outpatient center or independent laboratory that is not part of a hospital. They are held to the same high standards as hospital-based facilities, but they don’t have the same overhead costs, so you generally pay less. For example, an MRI at a hospital can cost up to $2,655, while an MRI at a freestanding clinic is just $4182.
When your physician recommends a test, look for the freestanding facility green arrow symbol.
1 2016 UnitedHealthcare Network (Par) Commercial Claims analysis for 16 specialties and 163 markets. Rates are based on historical information and are not a guarantee of future outcomes.
2 These numbers are for illustrative purposes only and can vary by geographic region.