UnitedHealth’s Optum To Acquire Surgery Center Business

UnitedHealth Group UNH, the largest U.S. health insurer, is escalating its already aggressive effort to become a nationwide provider of medical care, buying Surgical Care Affiliates for more than US$2 billion.


The deal, which calls for UnitedHealth to buy Surgical Care’s outstanding common stock for US$57 a share, would combine OptumCare, Optum’s healthcare delivery business, into a more comprehensive provider of ambulatory care services, working with more than 80 health plans across the country. Deerfield, Ill.-based Surgical Care operates ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals in more than 30 states.


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