What's the Best Dividend Stock in This Growing Market?

Hip and knee implants are a big market -- according to Smith & Nephew's (NYSE: SNN  ) 2013 annual report, worth $14 billion last year. And given that the market has seen strong growth, with Medicare-covered knee replacement surgeries growing by 162% from 1991 to 2010, it's time to consider what investments might be most attractive in this market -- particularly given that most of them pay a dividend. So, Smith & Nephew? Zimmer (NYSE: ZMH  ) ? Stryker (NYSE: SYK  ) ? Johnson & Johnson  (NYSE: JNJ  ) ?

In the video below, Motley Fool health care analysts Michael Douglass and David Williamson give their take. 

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  • Report this Comment On July 05, 2014, at 8:25 AM, redcent wrote:

    I live in Florida and have two friends who have had knee surgeries (one this past month). Their surgeons have told them that they replace both knees at once (although they only need one replaced) because they may need the other kneed done in the future. They said the reason for this is Medicare will only pay for one in your lifetime, it is cheaper to do both at once and you only have to go through rehab once. There is no mention of the fact that you may never need to do the other knee. This instills fear in the patient about not being able to afford the surgeries in the future if needed. If Medicare paid for both would this reduce the unnecessary knee surgeries? Would this reduce the total cost to Medicare? Is this a sign of penny wise and pound foolish for Medicare?

  • Report this Comment On July 05, 2014, at 11:17 AM, Ikeydoc wrote:

    As a Florida orthopedic surgeon reading this, I am bemused. Medicare pays for any joint replacement that is required. There is no limit. Both knees are replaced at the same time if both knees deserve a replacement. It is more cost effective for all concerned-patient, surgeon and society. Simple truth is that with a growing active and aging society, there will be more joint replacements and the cost of the implants will need to come down. There are going to be price pressures placed on the manufacturers by the continuing consolidation of hospital corporations and insurance companies.

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As the Motley Fool's Health Care Editor/Analyst, I focus on all things health care -- although my greatest interest is in the megatrends reshaping the American health care system, including the Affordable Care Act, Accountable Care Organizations, a shifting regulatory landscape, and the new drug discoveries fundamentally changing disease management and treatment.

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