Managed care


Managed care
Any system that manages healthcare delivery to control costs. Typically, managed care systems rely on a primary care physician who acts as a gatekeeper for other services, such as specialized medical care, surgery, or physical therapy.

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man·aged care .man-ijd- n a system of providing health care (as by an HMO or a PPO) that is designed to control costs through managed programs in which the physician accepts constraints on the amount charged for medical care and the patient is limited in the choice of a physician

Medical dictionary. 2011.