Strong, well-diversified business performance contributed to growth across UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in the first quarter 2021, even as the Company continued to support consumers, customers and the broader health system in the pandemic response.
“The unique combined capabilities of Optum and UnitedHealthcare and the unwavering commitment of our people continue to help advance the way care is delivered, improving results for those we serve and shareholders,” said Andrew Witty, chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Group.
Based upon initial 2021 business performance trends, the Company increased its full year net earnings outlook to $17.15 to $17.65 per share and adjusted earnings to $18.10 to $18.60 per share. This outlook continues to include approximately $1.80 per share in potential net unfavorable impact to accommodate continuing COVID-19 effects, such as: testing and treatment costs; the residual impact of people having deferred care in 2020; and unemployment and other economy-driven factors. COVID-19 treatment and testing during the quarter was higher than expected, paired with higher elective care deferral patterns. UnitedHealth Group is focused on encouraging and helping people to obtain the care they need, including vaccinations, and expects a continued rise in provision of care as the year progresses. The Company has provided support to ensure continued stability of the health system in response to the pandemic. For more information about UnitedHealth Group’s response to COVID-19, go to https://www.unitedhealthgroup.com/newsroom/addressing-covid.html.