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Dr. Gerald Kominski, professor of health policy and management and director of FSPH's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted December 3 by the Los Angeles Times about the cost implications for consumers following the merger of CVS Health Corp., the U.S. largest pharmacy chain, with Aetna Inc., a major health care insurer.
Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, said, “It remains to be seen whether this [merger] is actually going to drive costs down” for consumers but that savings could materialize “if it becomes a lower-cost alternative to sending people to a doctor’s office or having people show up in the emergency room.”
“To the extent they can help manage the Aetna members’ conditions — particularly people who might otherwise end up in the ER or were recently hospitalized — this could lower costs,” Kominski said. “We’ll see how it pans out.”