UnitedHealth ventures deeper into patient care with $5B deal

(AP) – The nation’s biggest health insurer is spending nearly $5 billion to buy hundreds of clinics, just three days after rival Aetna announced a tie up with CVS Health.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. said Wednesday that its Optum segment will buy the DaVita Medical Group from DaVita Inc. in a cash deal expected to close next year.

DaVita Medical Group runs nearly 300 primary and specialty care clinics in several states. It also operates urgent care and outpatient surgery centers.

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