Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave. Westbury, NY 11590-9007
Communications Division
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For Immediate Release

October 27, 2017                        

NY Medical Society Statement on Proposed Aetna/CVS Merger

Statement attributed to: Charles Rothberg, MD, President, Medical Society of the State of New York

"The proposed purchase of Aetna by CVS, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, demands an immediate investigation by the federal Departments of Justice and Federal Trade Commissions.  Physicians and patients are already powerless to push back against barriers imposed by market dominant health insurance behemoths.  Insurance giants have a history of interfering with needed medical care by limiting patients' choice of doctors and creating new burdensome pre-authorization rules.  At the same time, corporate pharmacy interests are increasingly trying to take away prescribing and health care decision-making authority from physicians, which is an outrage. Pharmacies should stick to their business of filling prescriptions— not prescribing them.  Before these proposed pharma-insurance conglomerations move forward, these companies need to prove how they will improve patients' healthcare, not obstruct it."

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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state's principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

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