(Bloomberg Gadfly) —A body in motion stays in motion, and the push for lower health costs certainly isn't losing any momentum.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. agreed on Monday to acquire outpatient-services provider Surgical Care Affiliates Inc. for about $3.2 billion including net debt. It's the latest in a string of healthcare services deals, including AmSurg Corp.'s merger with Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc. and Blackstone Group's planned buyout of physician outsourcing company Team Health Holdings Inc. And like those deals, the Surgical Care takeover is a bet that amid all the uncertainty surrounding the health-care industry right now —from Republicans' vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act to potential Medicaid and Medicare changes -- one thing will remain paramount: the need to keep expenses down.

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