Adverse effects of prohibiting narrow provider networks

N Engl J Med. 2014 Aug 14;371(7):591-3. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1402705.


Many insurers participating in the new insurance exchanges are controlling costs by offering plans with narrow provider networks. Proposed regulations would promote network adequacy, but a pro-provider stance may not be inherently pro-consumer or even pro-patient.

MeSH terms

  • Economic Competition
  • Insurance, Health / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Insurance, Health / organization & administration*
  • Patient Freedom of Choice Laws
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act*
  • United States