In a massive deal that CVS claims would bring the convenience of one-stop shopping for Healthcare products to consumers, CVS would spend about $69 Billion acquiring one of the largest providers of health insurance in the country.
The deal would change what health care looks like for many Americans. An integrated relationship between pharmacy and insurance company could streamline the process of paying for prescription drugs and remove the guessing from the minds of consumers. Still, some argue that what could lead to less competition could be a bad thing for the industry. If Aetna customers are encouraged to go to CVS for much of their care, consumers could find their options for care sharply reduced.
For Aetna shareholders, the deal appears very attractive. The buyout price of $207 a share represents a significant profit over the current exchange price of about $180.