From Managed Care to Consumer

March/April 2004
Robinson JC

Health Affairs--March 2004

This paper documentsAetna's fall as the nation's largest managed care plan and its subsequent reemergence as a smaller but more profitable multiproduct insurer. The paper emphasizes the transformation in corporate goals, product design, organizational structure, information technology, product mix, premiums, cash flow, net income, and share prices. Disciplined underwriting and pricing have restored the firm to profitability and set the foundation for new growth. The implications for the health care system as a whole are less unambiguously positive.