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What is the difference between copay and coinsurance when you have primary and secondary insurance?

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A copay is a "set" dollar amount you pay at the time of treatment. For instance, a $35 doctor copay. If you have level one doctor visits, you pay nothing more than the $35 doctor copay. Co-insurance is the percentage you share with the insurance company after your deductible has been met. When you have two policies - your primary insurance will pay first (subject to deductible and co-insurance), and then your second policy starts with the balance left from the primary policy (subject to deductible and co-insurance again). For instance a primary policy with a 5,000 deductible and 80/20 co-insurance of $5000. Your bill for surgery is 6000. You pay 5,000 + 20% of $5000 (1000) = $6000.00 Your balance of your surgery bill is 0

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