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Healthcare companies engage in a wide variety of activities, which focus on maintaining and improving individual health. These activities include pharmaceuticals, development of medical instruments and supplies, long-term care and other activities. Dividend yields in this sector can vary widely, however, they are roughly in line with the wider market average.

If you’re looking to invest in healthcare stocks, you may also be interested in healthcare exchange-traded funds (ETFs). These funds offer a diversified basket of healthcare stock holdings. They are investment structures that are traded on stock exchanges, similar to equities. They’re also similar to mutual funds in that they hold securities of many companies.

3 Reasons to Invest in Healthcare ETFs:

  • ETFs offer lower fees when compared to other investment funds and vehicles, such as mutual funds.
  • They provide diversification in the basket of healthcare stock holdings in the ETF, which lowers portfolio market risk.
  • It’s easy to gain exposure to many healthcare stocks with just one vehicle (ETF).

Whereas, if you’re interested in investing in individual healthcare stocks, check out the tables below.

Healthcare Breakdown by Industry

Industry Company Count Industry Dividend Yield
Biotechnology 18 0.77%
Diagnostic Substances 4 1.68%
Drug Delivery 3 1.22%
Drug Manufacturers - Major 19 1.96%
Drug Manufacturers - Other 9 0.45%
Drug Related Products 2 1.63%
Drugs - Generic 4 0.47%
Health Care Plans 9 0.67%
Home Health Care 1 0.74%
Hospitals 5 0.07%
Long-Term Care Facilities 6 2.09%
Medical Appliances & Equipment 25 0.87%
Medical Instruments & Supplies 26 0.51%
Medical Laboratories & Research 5 1.23%
Medical Practitioners 1 0.00%
Specialized Health Services 8 0.59%
0.93%
Healthcare Sector Dividend Yield*
*Calculated as the simple average of company dividend yields in this group

Top 82 Healthcare Dividend Stocks

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Stock Symbol Company Name DARS™ Rating Dividend Yield Current Price Annual Dividend Ex-Div Date Pay Date
ABAX Abaxis, Inc 0.92% $52.09 $0.48 08/30/16 09/15/16
ABBV AbbVie Inc. 3.51% $64.98 $2.28 10/12/16 11/15/16
ABT Abbott Labs 2.47% $42.19 $1.04 10/12/16 11/15/16
ACET Aceto Corp 1.23% $19.56 $0.24 09/07/16 09/20/16
AET Aetna 0.86% $115.63 $1.00 07/12/16 07/29/16
AGN Allergan 0.00% $243.94 $0.00 02/25/15 03/20/15
ALC Assisted Living Concepts 0.00% $11.87 $0.00 05/17/12 06/15/12
AMGN Amgen 2.29% $174.80 $4.00 08/15/16 09/08/16
ATRI Atrion Corp 0.99% $424.02 $4.20 09/13/16 09/30/16
AZN AstraZeneca 2.59% $33.97 $0.88 08/10/16 09/12/16
BAX Baxter International 1.09% $47.49 $0.52 08/31/16 10/03/16
BCR C.R. Bard, Inc. 0.45% $229.91 $1.04 07/14/16 07/29/16
BDX Becton Dickinson 1.47% $179.50 $2.64 09/07/16 09/30/16
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb 2.69% $56.48 $1.52 10/05/16 11/01/16
CCM Concord Medical Services Hldg Ltd 0.00% $3.80 $0.00 08/29/11 09/30/11
CHE Chemed Corp 0.74% $141.29 $1.04 08/24/16 09/02/16
CI Cigna 0.03% $131.00 $0.04 03/09/16 04/11/16
CMN Cantel Medical Corp. 0.15% $81.13 $0.12 07/13/16 07/29/16
CNMD CONMED Corporation 2.01% $39.83 $0.80 06/13/16 07/06/16
COO Cooper Companies 0.03% $180.97 $0.06 07/20/16 08/05/16
COV Covidien 0.00% $106.71 $0.00 12/30/14 01/16/15
CRY Cryolife Inc 0.00% $18.14 $0.00 12/09/15 12/18/15
DGX Quest Diagnostics 1.87% $85.44 $1.60 09/30/16 10/19/16
DRAD Digirad Corporation 4.01% $4.99 $0.20 08/15/16 08/29/16
DVA DaVita Inc. 0.00% $66.50 $0.00
DVCR Diversicare Healthcare Services Inc 2.31% $9.54 $0.22 09/28/16 10/14/16
ENSG The Ensign Group 0.75% $21.36 $0.16 09/28/16 10/31/16
GSK GlaxoSmithKline PLC 4.55% $43.42 $1.98 08/10/16 10/13/16
HCA HCA Holdings Inc 0.00% $76.12 $0.00 07/28/06 09/01/06
HLS HealthSouth Corp 2.35% $40.89 $0.96 09/29/16 10/17/16
HRC Hill-Rom Holdings 1.12% $60.78 $0.68 09/14/16 09/30/16
HUM Humana Inc. 0.66% $175.55 $1.16 06/28/16 07/29/16
IVC Invacare 0.45% $10.99 $0.05 10/11/16 10/21/16
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 2.69% $118.81 $3.20 08/19/16 09/06/16
KND Kindred Healthcare, Inc. 4.63% $10.36 $0.48 08/16/16 09/02/16
KNSY Kensey Nash Corporation 0.00% $38.46 $0.00 04/26/12 05/31/12
LBMH Liberator Medical Holdings Inc 0.00% $3.35 $0.00 12/21/15 01/08/16
LLY Eli Lilly 2.51% $81.16 $2.04 08/11/16 09/09/16
MDT Medtronic, Inc. 1.96% $87.71 $1.72 09/27/16 10/21/16
MDTH MedCath Corporation 0.00% $7.76 $0.00 09/24/12 09/21/12
MLAB Mesa Laboratories, Inc. Com. 0.55% $115.50 $0.64 08/29/16 09/15/16
MR Mindray Medical 0.00% $27.94 $0.00 03/17/15 03/31/15
MRK Merck 2.92% $62.96 $1.84 09/13/16 10/07/16
MSA Mine Safety Applications 2.36% $55.92 $1.32 08/16/16 09/10/16
NATR Nature's Sunshine Prod. 2.66% $15.04 $0.40 08/19/16 09/02/16
NDZ Nordion Inc. 0.00% $12.99 $0.00 06/14/12 07/03/12
NHC National Healthcare Corp 2.78% $64.84 $1.80 09/28/16 12/01/16
NVGN Novogen Limited 0.00% $2.03 $0.00 01/03/12
NVO Novo Nordisk 0.74% $44.88 $0.33 08/11/16 08/23/16
NVS Novartis 3.34% $81.48 $2.72 02/24/16
PETS PetMed Express Inc. 3.66% $20.79 $0.76 08/04/16 08/19/16
PFE Pfizer 3.50% $34.26 $1.20 11/08/16 12/01/16
PKI PerkinElmer, Inc. 0.50% $55.53 $0.28 10/12/16 11/10/16
PMD Psychemedics 3.04% $19.73 $0.60 08/03/16 08/15/16
POZN POZEN Inc. 0.00% $5.94 $0.00 12/31/13 12/30/13
PRGO Perrigo Company 0.60% $97.40 $0.58 08/24/16 09/13/16
QCOR Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 0.00% $93.60 $0.00 06/27/14 07/08/14
RDY Dr. Reddys Lab 0.58% $47.90 $0.28 07/14/16
RELV Reliv' International, Inc. 0.00% $0.75 $0.00 11/13/13 11/26/13
SEM Select Medical Holdings Corporation 0.00% $13.08 $0.00 11/17/14 12/01/14
SHPG Shire plc 0.14% $203.05 $0.28 09/07/16 10/07/16
SNN Smith & Nephew PLC 2.28% $33.35 $0.76 10/05/16 10/25/16
SNY Sanofi SA 4.34% $38.35 $1.66 05/05/16 06/01/16
SPAN Span-America Medical Systems 3.54% $18.08 $0.64 08/12/16 09/07/16
SPPI Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 0.00% $4.72 $0.00 12/18/12 12/28/12
STE Steris Corp 1.53% $73.12 $1.12 08/26/16 09/27/16
STJ St. Jude Medical 1.56% $79.64 $1.24 09/28/16 10/28/16
SYK Stryker Corp 1.29% $117.76 $1.52 09/28/16 10/31/16
T AT&T 4.65% $41.28 $1.92 07/06/16 08/01/16
TECH Techne Corp 1.18% $108.34 $1.28 08/25/16 09/12/16
TEVA Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd 2.25% $51.47 $1.16 08/18/16 09/08/16
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. 0.38% $157.66 $0.60 09/13/16 10/17/16
TRIB Trinity Biotech plc 1.74% $12.68 $0.22 06/05/15 07/01/15
UHS Universal Health Services 0.33% $122.93 $0.40 08/30/16 09/15/16
UNH UnitedHealth Group 1.78% $140.51 $2.50 09/07/16 09/20/16
USPH U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. 1.08% $62.69 $0.68 08/17/16 09/02/16
UTMD Utah Medical Products Inc. 1.70% $61.00 $1.04 09/14/16 10/04/16
VIVO Meridian Bioscience, Inc. 4.05% $19.77 $0.80 08/04/16 08/18/16
WST West Pharma Services 0.66% $72.55 $0.48 10/17/16 11/02/16
XRAY Dentsply International 0.52% $59.36 $0.31 09/28/16 10/14/16
ZMH Zimmer Holdings 0.00% $113.56 $0.00 05/13/15 07/14/15
ZTS Zoetis Inc 0.74% $51.51 $0.38 06/28/16 08/30/16

* Stock Price shown is previous day’s closing price.

** Dividend yield is calculated from Dividend Payout and previous day’s closing price.

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