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Industry Report Card: U.S. Corporate Health Care--Issuers Looking To Benefit From Aging Population Should Proceed With Caution Oct 06 Product Image

Industry Report Card: U.S. Corporate Health Care--Issuers Looking To Benefit From Aging Population Should Proceed With Caution Oct 06

  • ID: 1788891
  • October 2006
  • Region: United States
  • Standard & Poors

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Beckman Coulter Inc.
  • DJO Inc.
  • Hill-Rom Holdings Inc.
  • MedQuest Inc.
  • Rural/Metro Corp.
  • MORE

Abstract
Perhaps no industry sees more opportunity to cash in on the aging of the U.S. population than the health care business. Yet paradoxically, companies in search of this golden future have made a variety of strategic and financial choices that have the potential to damage their credit quality. So far in 2006, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has downgraded two-thirds more ratings than it has upgraded for its U.S. corporate health care issuers--a trend that could continue in the year ahead, considering that industry ratings currently carry almost four times as many negative outlooks as positive outlooks. U.S. health care expenditures could double over the next 10 years to $4 trillion as the over-65 age group grows to about 16%...

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Research Type: Commentary
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- Abbott Laboratories
- Wyeth
- American Medical Systems Inc.
- Bausch & Lomb Inc.
- Becton Dickinson & Co.
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
- PerkinElmer Inc.
- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.
- Johnson & Johnson
- Eli Lilly & Co.
- HCR HealthCare LLC
- McKesson Corp.
- Merck & Co. Inc.
- Tenet Healthcare Corp.
- Applied Biosystems Inc.
- Pfizer Inc.
- Schering-Plough Corp.
- Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
- Service Corp. International
- Universal Health Services Inc.
- Cardinal Health Inc.
- La Petite Academy Inc.
- Health Management Associates Inc.
- Bard (C.R.) Inc.
- St. Jude Medical Inc.
- Millipore Corp.
- Cooper Cos. Inc.
- Alliance HealthCare Services
- Baxter International Inc.
- HealthSouth Corp.
- Allergan Inc.
- Beckman Coulter Inc.
- Community Health Systems Inc.
- Amgen Inc.
- Genzyme Corp.
- Hill-Rom Holdings Inc.
- Elan Corp. PLC
- Fisher Scientific International Inc.
- HCA Inc.
- Omnicare Inc.
- Apria Healthcare Group Inc.
- Alderwoods Group Inc.
- Stewart Enterprises Inc.
- DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.
- Nabi Biopharmaceuticals
- Quintiles Transnational Corp.
- Owens & Minor Inc.
- Boston Scientific Corp.
- Caremark Rx Inc.
- Quest Diagnostics Inc.
- Concentra Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
- Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings
- Sunrise Senior Living Inc.
- PSS World Medical Inc.
- Kinetic Concepts Inc.
- Extendicare Health Services Inc.
- Actavis, Inc.
- Universal Hospital Services Inc.
- Rural/Metro Corp.
- ConMed Corp.
- Res-Care Inc.
- HealthTronics Inc.
- Skilled Healthcare Group Inc.
- Radiologix Inc.
- Phibro Animal Health Corp.
- InSight Health Services Corp.
- Stryker Corp.
- King Pharmaceuticals Inc.
- Sepracor Inc.
- Team Health Inc.
- Triad Hospitals Inc.
- LifePoint Hospitals Inc.
- Matria Healthcare Inc.
- Express Scripts Inc.
- VCA Antech Inc.
- Hanger Inc.
- DJO Inc.
- Medtronic Inc.
- DENTSPLY International Inc.
- Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.
- Charles River Laboratories International Inc.
- IASIS Healthcare Corp.
- Warner Chilcott Corp.
- Gentiva Health Services Inc.
- Vanguard Health Systems Inc.
- Genentech Inc.
- Extendicare Inc
- Select Medical Corp.
- Zimmer Holdings Inc.
- AmerisourceBergen Corp.
- Accellent Inc.
- MedPointe Inc.
- United Surgical Partners International Inc.
- Rotech Healthcare Inc.
- US Oncology Inc.
- Biogen Idec Inc.
- Advanced Medical Optics Inc.
- Medco Health Solutions Inc.
- MedQuest Inc.
- AmeriPath Inc.
- Knowledge Universe Education LLC
- National Mentor Holdings Inc.
- 21st Century Oncology Inc.
- Dade Behring Holdings Inc.
- Psychiatric Solutions Inc.
- Genesis HealthCare Corp.
- MedCath Holdings Corp.
- AMN Healthcare Inc.
- Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.
- Alere Inc.
- Orthofix International N.V.
- Sheridan Healthcare Inc.
- RadNet Management Inc.
- VWR Funding Inc.
- Hospira Inc.
- MedImmune Inc.
- Youth & Family Centered Services Inc.
- Sterigenics International Inc.
- Chemed Corp.
- Arizant Inc.
- DJO Global Inc.
- Triumph HealthCare Holdings Inc.
- Carriage Services Inc.
- Center for Diagnostic Imaging Inc.
- InterDent Inc.
- PharmaNet Development Group Inc.
- Spheris Inc.
- Envision Healthcare Corp.
- Diagnostic Imaging Group LLC
- CRC Health Corp.
- Butler Animal Health Supply LLC
- MSC - Medical Services Co.
- Mylan Inc.
- LifeCare Holdings Inc.
- Genoa Healthcare Group LLC
- inVentiv Health Inc.
- Capella Healthcare Inc.
- CCS Medical Inc.
- QTC Management Inc.
- Harlan Laboratories Inc.
- AGA Medical Corp.
- GGNSC Holdings LLC
- TLC Health Care Services Inc.
- BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Unsolicited Ratings)
- Kendle International Inc.
- Healthways Inc.

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