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Health care industry on track for massive profits


With more than a week to go in the second-quarter earnings season, the health care industry has already banked more profits than any other quarter in the past year.

The bottom line: Company after company has posted profits that have exceeded Wall Street estimates, and most firms have raised profit estimates for the rest of 2018.

By the numbers: As of Aug. 2, 85 publicly traded health care companies have amassed $47 billion of global profit on $545 billion of global revenue in the second quarter, according to company documents.

  • That profit is higher than the $45.6 billion that 118 health care companies posted in the first quarter of this year, and it’s higher than anything recorded in the past year.

  • Pharmaceutical companies continue to rake in the highest profit margins.

  • The numbers do not include not-for-profit hospital systems, which have not filed second-quarter reports yet.

  • Fatter profits are due in part to growing sales of prescription drugs, medical devices, tests and procedures — that reflects both higher prices and more quantities sold.

  • But the larger earnings also stemmed from Republicans’ massive cut in corporate taxes. The income tax expense for drug giant AbbVie, for example, was 93% lower in the second quarter this year.

Go deeper: Check out the entire Axios health care earnings tracker.

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Source:   https://www.axios.com/health-care-industry-on-track-massive-q2-profits-1533226387-dacec8f8-c9f5-406c-a49e-1103e3316c64.html

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One comment on “Health care industry on track for massive profits

  1. katharineotto
    April 23, 2019

    HKW,
    Thanks for the continued coverage of the “health care/snare racket.” The pharmaceutical industry is certainly profiting, but in the US I believe the insurance companies profit more, because insurance insurance raises costs at every level of the system. With more-or-less mandatory insurance in the US, they have a captive market. Now that insurance covers drugs, pharmaceutical companies have guaranteed sources of income. These sweetheart deals leave the patient completely out of the loop.

    I would like to take a look at Congress’ stock investments in the “health care industry.” It might give an indication of the legislation they support, such as “Medicare for All.” (Medicare is insurance, not health care.)

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