US Election is the Biggest Challenge to Healthcare Stocks

The healthcare sector remains robust despite cost pressures ahead of US election says AXA Framlington's healthcare fund manger Dani Saurymper

Karen Kwok 14 April, 2016 | 2:01PM

The US election is the “biggest fundamental driver” of negative sentiment in the healthcare sector, AXA Framlington Health fund manager Dani Saurymper told Morningstar. Candidates of both parties are currently chasing votes by suggesting healthcare reforms, adding a healthcare cost pressure and uncertainty.

The healthcare industry is facing growing cost pressure as the US politicians chased votes by suggesting more price control in drugs and attacking drug price gouging, according to Saurymper.

Drug pricing became a target in the political debates following public outcry over the case of Martin Shkreli and his company Turing Pharmaceuticals, which raised the price of a drug often given to cancer and AIDs patients.

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Karen Kwok

Karen Kwok  is a Reporter for Morningstar.co.uk

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