US doctors’ group seeks to block insurance company mergers

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 13 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6144
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The American Medical Association has called for the US Department of Justice to block two proposed mergers of large US health insurance companies, arguing that the deals would drive up premiums, limit patient choice, and harm patient care.

In one merger, Aetna, based in Hartford, Connecticut, would buy Humana, based in Louisville, Kentucky, for $37bn (£24bn; €34bn), creating a company that would have 33 million members. In the other, Anthem, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, would buy Cigna, based in Bloomfield, Connecticut, for $54bn, a deal that would expand its enrollment to 53 million. The companies argue that the mergers will help lower costs …

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