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America’s First Health Insurance Radar: BCBS Ranks #1

Choosing a health insurance plan should be less about a price tag and more about how to get the best possible doctor to care for your family. At BetterDoctor, we believe the two most important factors when selecting an insurance network are the number of doctors you have access to and the quality of those doctors.

Today, we have launched Health Insurance Radar, a tool for people who want to take charge of their own health care. Insurance Radar makes it easy to find the best health insurance network based on the doctors’ quality and network size. You can find the best network by state and compare networks by different medical specialties, including primary care, pediatricians, OBGYNs and many more.

Based on BetterDoctor’s ranking, the top three insurance networks are:

1. Blue Cross Blue Shield
2. Cigna
3. UnitedHealthcare

See details on top health insurance networks nationally and by state below, or go to Insurance Radar website.

TOP HEALTH INSURANCE NETWORKS NATIONALLY

TOP HEALTH INSURANCE NETWORKS IN CALIFORNIA

FAQ and Methodology

1. What is the purpose of BetterDoctor’s Insurance Radar?

BetterDoctor’s Insurance Radar empowers individuals to select the best insurance carrier in their state by analyzing ratings for the physicians that accept each insurance carrier (based on credentials, experience and network).

2. How is the grade calculated?
Insurance carrier grades are calculated by comparing the number of physicians who are highly rated by BetterDoctor to the total number of physicians in each insurance carrier network.

Letter grades (A–D) are assigned based on highly rated physicians to the total number of in-network physicians in each state. The Insurance Carriers are compared based on the number of BetterDoctor recommended providers who accept certain insurance plans by these Carriers in each state grouped by specialty. When we aggregate all counts for each state, specialty and Carrier, we assign them into quartiles based on the distribution of numbers. The quartiles essentially become the Grade Letters (A through D). So all Carriers whose networks have high number of BetterDoctor recommended providers (aka in 1st quartile) will all have the grade A when grouped by State in each specialty.

3. Which insurance carriers are tracked?

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • HealthNet
  • Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare

4. Which specialties are included?

  • Primary Care Doctors
  • Pediatricians
  • OBGYNs
  • Dermatologists
  • Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Psychiatrists
  • Cardiologists
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors
  • Endocrinologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Neurologists
  • Oncologists

5. What are the providers recommended by BetterDoctor?
BetterDoctor recommends physicians rated four stars and above and that have been verified by the BetterDoctor Data Stewards team. The members of this team combine manual verification (phone, email and snail mail) along with cross checks with national licensing and malpractice registries.

6. How do we compute the Insurance Grade Letter?
The Insurance Carriers are compared based on the number of BetterDoctor recommended providers who accept certain insurance plans by these Carriers in each state grouped by specialty. When we aggregate all counts for each state, specialty and Carrier, we assign them into quartiles based on the distribution of numbers. The quartiles essentially become the Grade Letters (A through D). So all Carriers whose networks have high number of BetterDoctor recommended providers (aka in 1st quartile) will all have the grade A when grouped by State in each specialty.

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