Inside UnitedHealth’s push to use its in-house doctors to lower costs and increase profits

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FILE - This Oct. 16, 2012, file photo, shows a portion of the UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka, Minn. UnitedHealth Group reports financial results Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
The health-insurance giant UnitedHealth is sending more members to in-house doctors in a bid to lower costs and increase profits

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