This category is for sites concerning attitudes towards managed care.
Managed care is a hybrid of the insurance and health care industries. In the United States, the most well known types are health maintenance organizations (HMO), preferred provider organizations (PPO), and point of service (POS). Pure health insurance is not managed care, and the phrase indemnity coverage is often used to distinguish it.
Other nations which have some form of managed care organizations include India, South Africa, and the Philippines. In some of these nations, the phrase medical schemes is used when referring to the business and insurance aspects of managed care.
Single-payer health care is a system in which the government, rather than private insurers, pays for all health care costs. Single-payer systems may contract for healthcare services from private organizations (as is the case in Canada) or may own and employ healthcare resources and personnel (as is the case in the United Kingdom). The term "single-payer" thus only describes the funding mechanism—referring to health care financed by a single public body from a single fund—and does not specify the type of delivery, or for whom doctors work. Although the fund holder is usually the state, some forms of single-payer use a mixed public-private system.