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What can I do if my doctor doesn't accept Blue Cross Blue Shield?

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To locate doctors who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association provides a search tool at Provider.BCBS.com that lists doctors and other health care practitioners who accept its insurance. If switching doctors is not an option, it is also possible to switch insurance providers.

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What can I do if my doctor doesn't accept Blue Cross Blue Shield?
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When considering whether to switch doctors or insurance providers, it is important to bear in mind that the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is the largest network of health care insurance providers in the United States. Its coverage extends across the entire country, as well as Puerto Rico. It covers, in total, 105 million citizens, including half of federal workers and 85 percent of Fortune 100 company employees, notes the official Blue Cross Blue Shield website. The insurance is accepted by 96 percent of hospitals and 92 percent of doctors.

Given this wide range of coverage, it is quite likely that switching to a doctor who accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield could be as simple as switching to another doctor in the same hospital. Other large health insurance providers include UnitedHealth Group, Kaiser Foundation Group, Wellpoint Inc. Group, Aetna Group and Humana Group, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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