3 Places to Find Healthy Dividends From Health Care

Dividend stocks are popular, and the health-care industry is a good place to find some good ones. While some health-care stocks pay higher yields than others, you can find promising dividend-growth opportunities in several places in the sector.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning and author of the special free report "Everything You Need to Know About Obamacare," talks with Motley Fool health-care bureau chief Max Macaluso about three places you can find healthy dividends among health care stocks. Dan notes that drug companies often have the highest yields, with Merck (NYSE: MRK  ) and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE  ) often near the top of the list of Dow Industrials stocks in terms of yield.

But Max and Dan explore a couple other areas as well. Health insurers have been slow to the dividend gate, but UnitedHealth (NYSE: UNH  ) and some of its peers have done a good job boosting their payouts lately. In the biotech space, dividends are rare, but Dan and Max discuss Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN  ) and its dividend strategy.

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  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 3:11 AM, TerryFlowers wrote:

    This is a big part of the reason that healthcare in the U.S. is so high. The pharmaceutical and healthcare insurance industries are profit driven and much of the cost of healthcare is funneled into the funds of shareholders.

    The U.S. is the only developed nation in the world in which some profit at the expense of the sick or injured. H.R. 676 would solve that challenge.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 4:36 PM, invafl wrote:

    If their is no profit their are no stockholders, no research (8 t0 10 yrs for FDA approval and only about 10% make it) no BUSINESS. Yeah the govt wiil take care of everything!

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