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Los Angeles Times quotes Dr. Gerald Kominski about the CVS-Aetna merger’s implications for consumer costs

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.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

CVS to buy Aetna for $69 billion in deal that would shake up healthcare industry

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.”

Read the full article from the Los Angeles Times