Reporting from MIPIM 2011:
Even during the economic recovery, healthcare is one sector that continues to grow. Currently 10% of worldwide GDP, second only to housing, it attracts investors with aging demographics, long lease terms with owner-operators, and high cash returns. Investments in the sector have been equated to government bonds because governments in Europe pay the bulk of health care bills. However, this could represent a major concern as debt levels and budget deficits rise around the world, health care spending may be put, at least in part, to the wayside.