Aetna (AET - Get Report) is a managed health care firm that provides benefits to more than 22 million Medicare, Medicaid, and private health care patients across the country. That 22 million number is important -- size matters in the health care industry. Because Aetna has such a big patient rolls, it's able to negotiate harder with care providers to bring down the rates that it ultimately pays out.
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