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Just how narrow are Obamacare’s ‘narrow networks’?
San Francisco Business Times

The average Obamacare health plan’s provider network includes 34 percent fewer health care providers than the typical commercial plan, according to an analysis by Avalere, a Washington, D.C.-based health care consultancy. Such exchange plan networks include 42 percent fewer oncologists and cardiologists, 32 percent fewer mental health experts and primary care doctors, and 24 percent fewer hospitals, Avalere said Wednesday. The study that supports complaints by some consumers and advocacy groups that some of the exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act offer “narrow networks” where patient options are considerably constrained.