Physicians for a National Health Program is a non-profit research and education organization of 20,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance. Blue Cross, which is among the oldest health insurance providers in the country, ranks ninth, with a market share of 1.7 percent. As a member of a PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) plan, you’ll be encouraged through their pricing of services to use the insurance company’s network of preferred doctors and hospitals.\n\nBefore signing up, check out the network of doctors and health care providers who accept the type of insurance for which you’re signing up. Several online sites also compile information on the doctors in these networks so you can check them out and avoid buyer’s remorse when something goes wrong.\n\nThey both told me about people they know who don’t work and yet get Medicaid coverage with no premiums, no deductibles, no co-pays, no costs at all—coverage that the Duttons couldn’t dream of. These educational institutions in compliance with insurance providers, educate the students of the pros and cons of this insurance plan and provoke them to buy a policy.\n\nThey worry that patients lack the necessary knowledge to be good consumers, that unscrupulous providers will take advantage of them, that they will overspend on low-benefit treatments and under-spend on high-benefit preventive care, and that such waste will leave some patients unable to afford highly beneficial care.\n\nHybrid models include the approach taken by MD Anderson in its regional satellite program, which leases outpatient facilities located on community hospital campuses and utilizes those hospitals’ operating rooms and other inpatient and ancillary services as needed.