Fee-for-service plan

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In health care economics, a fee-for-service plan is a type of reimbursement mechanism "whereby a physician or other practitioner bills for each encounter or service rendered. In addition to physicians, other health care professionals are reimbursed via this mechanism. Fee-for-service plans contrast with salary, per capita, and prepayment systems, where the payment does not change with the number of services actually used or if none are used."[1][2]

Primary care physicians practicing in fee-for-service plans may be more susceptible to conflict of interest in their ordering of medical services.[3]


  1. Anonymous (2021), Fee-for-service plan (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  2. United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. (1976). A discursive dictionary of health care / prepared by the staff for the use of the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. LCC RA423 .U54. LCCN 76-046
  3. Gosden T, Forland F, Kristiansen IS, Sutton M, Leese B, Giuffrida A et al. (2000). "Capitation, salary, fee-for-service and mixed systems of payment: effects on the behaviour of primary care physicians.". Cochrane Database Syst Rev (3): CD002215. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD002215. PMID 10908531. Research Blogging.