More on UnitedHealth Q4: Net profit rises

UnitedHealth (UNH) net profit +15% to $1.43B

Revenue breakdown: insurance +7.3% to $28.81B, Optum IT health-services +35% to $10.2B.

Consolidated medical-care ratio, which reflects the proportion of insurance premiums used for patient care, increased to 81.2% from 80.5% a year earlier.

Number of people served rose to 88.2M from 83.7M a year ago but was down from 89.7M in Q3.

Total operating costs +7.5% to $28.67B.

Shares +4.2%. (PR)

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