UnitedHealth quarterly profits up 41 percent

UnitedHealth Group Inc., the second-biggest U.S. health insurer, said Thursday that its first-quarter profits were up 41 percent over the same period last year, boosted by new acquisitions, growth – especially within UnitedHealthcare – and successful efforts to contain medical costs. As a result, the company raised its forecast for 2005, to a projected 23-…

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