Examination of Medical Expenditures and Profitability of Large Health Insurers

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Examination of Medical Expenditures and Profitability of Large Health Insurers
The recent discussion about reforming the healthcare system in the United States has been focused on expanding coverage to about 47 million Americans who currently lack insurance.
Throughout much of the often contentious debate, an obvious point has been ignored, or at least glossed over: tens of millions of Americans have their healthcare paid for via a third-party insurer. Many of those insurers are publicly-traded entities with tens of billions of dollars in annual revenue, and profits in the hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars.
As with all publicly traded companies, these insurers are subject to pressure from shareholders to optimize profits...
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