- 9 months ago
The announcement of CVS merging with Aetna sure has gotten the attention of many, depending on who you are the attention is focused in many directions. Let’s take a minute to understand how it may impact you as a patient. We will also discuss how it may impact the entire health care industry.
First some basic numbers. Aetna currently has 22 million patients it cares for. CVS on the other side has 9,700 retail outlets with 1,100 of them with walk in clinics.
So how will this impact the majority of us. First, those who currently have Aetna insurance will probably see some incentives to now fill all of their prescriptions at a CVS instead of Walgreens, Wal Mart or any other free standing pharmacy. That change alone should help them lower costs as they will have better buying power and incentives to push patients towards generics, thus lowering the overall cost o