Aetna is one of the largest health care companies in the U.S. with a strong presence and network in California. Membership nationwide is over 18 million medical members, over 14 million dental members, and over 11 million pharmacy members. The company’s health care network is gigantic, with nearly 1 million health care professionals, over 500,000 primary care physicians and specialists, and more than 5,000 hospitals. The annual revenue of the company 2009 was over $34 billion. The company was established in 1850 when Aetna Health Insurance Company organized an Annuity Fund to sell life insurance.
Aetna has received numerous awards. FORTUNE magazine named Aetna most admired company in the Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care category for 2010. This is the third year in a row that the insurance company has received this coveted award. The company’s mission is “dedication to helping people achieve health and financial security by providing easy access to safe, cost-effective, high-quality health care and protecting their finances against health-related risks. Building on our 156-year heritage, Aetna will be a leader cooperating with doctors and hospitals, employers, patients, public officials and others to build a stronger, more effective health care system.”