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Definition of "Blue cross"

Independent, nonprofit, membership hospital plan. Benefits provided include coverage for hospitalization expenses subject to certain restrictions: for example, semiprivate room only. A member hospital agrees to a predetermined schedule for specified medical services. The hospital sends the bills directly to the Blue Cross plan for reimbursement. Also covered are outpatient services, and supplementary or extended care such as nursing home care, as described in the contract.

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