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Stock Market Alliances for Better Health Care

19 June 2007 - Features - Editor

Stock market circles are not accustomed to asking awkward questions of doctors, and we are used to their brusque mannerisms as well. However, being a patient and an investor are not the same things, so you better get used to change in to new robes if health care enterprises have made their ways in to your portfolio!

Science and technology have ruled medicine for long, but stock market observers cannot help noticing how competition is beginning to drive hospitals, clinics, and laboratories towards the service and customer concepts. An extreme form of this new trend is in the new realm of “Medical Tourism” with patients being enticed to combine treatment and a holiday in an exotic location.

Doctors and para-medical workers are proud people, full of their qualifications, experience, and lines of grateful patients and their families. However, things are beginning to change, and patients have more choices than ever before, especially when no emergencies threaten life.

Most people, who are active on any stock market, are also relatively familiar with business management principles. This could be why hospitals and related health care institutions which are publicly funded are under pressure to bring in consultants other than the medical experts to which they are most accustomed.

Six Sigma methods are amongst the most important non-medical technologies which are most relevant for health care enterprises. Obviously, no stone can be left unturned in the quest to avoid causing harm to patients, but the stock market can also take cash heart from the prospects of top Quality Management systems to attract hordes of new clients, and to retain them as well.

Hospitals and clinics which use Six Sigma methods are top stock market picks today. Their operating margins and top lines are equally secure, though continuous technology upgrades can make it difficult to keep track of discounted returns. Investors who worry about high risks and uncertain returns from their pharmaceutical stocks can always stay in the sector by switching their financial commitments to top quality hospitals and related institutions.

Here’s wishing you a healthy time on the stock market!

 


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