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CVS-Aetna Deal Could Start a Health Takeover Run

  • Remaining standalone insurers will face pressure to combine
  • Walk-in clinics may also be snapped up in search for profits
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CVS Health to Purchase Aetna in $67.5 Billion Deal

CVS Health Corp.’s deal to buy insurer Aetna Inc. for about $67.5 billion could be just the start of a new wave of health-care takeovers.

The merger announced Sunday will leave one less independent player in the complex web of insurers, retailers and other middlemen that sit between patients and their care -- and who are under pressure to reduce costs.