Many modern investors look for far more than a simple financial return on capital invested. The ethics and values behind a company or project often play a very decisive role in decisions on whether to inject their funds.
One area that has seen an increase in interest from investors, for exactly these reasons, is the healthcare sector.
Being made up of companies from many different industries, there is plenty of scope for those looking for their money to make a difference, as well as return a profit.
Everything from major international pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and manufacturers of devices and equipment can fall under the general banner of the healthcare sector, when it comes to investments.
End-user services play an essential role, but research and development, clinical trials, and staff training programmes are also vital elements of a multifaceted industry.
How investment improves the sector
Investing in healthcare stocks and shares is a way to become directly involved in virtually all the different aspects of the industry. Depending on whether or not you are looking for fast yields or long-term returns, there is a wide range of large and small companies to choose from across the disciplines operating in the sector.
Various trends can affect both how efficient your investment is in making a difference to other people’s lives, as well as how it will actually work for you. The ageing population of the post-war, “baby boomer” generation is one big variable that is at play in health matters, as people live longer and manage chronic but not life-threatening conditions. Understanding these trends will influence your investment decisions.
The new epidemics of obesity and diabetes in developed countries are another major challenge, as are the implementation of various technological advances into day-to-day healthcare practises.
Many different approaches can be taken to the challenges now facing the healthcare industry. For Dr Marie Charles, Tiger Healthcare is a private equity enterprise that runs parallel to her other personal philanthropic organisation, Global Medic Force.
With a reputation for being one of the most innovative people currently active in the global healthcare industry, Dr Charles recognises that private investment and volunteering initiatives can play equally important roles in how the heath sector moves forward on a global basis.
A healthy future
The ideal of a long and healthy life is something that everyone on the planet should be able to aspire to, and the overall prosperity of the health care sector is certain to play an increasing role in making this possible. With the widely different problems facing both developed and developing regions there is no “one size fits all” solution for the wellbeing of everyone, no matter where they are.
Whether it is giving people individual care on the ground level, or making large-scale medical breakthroughs in science and technology, investing in the industry can be a perfect way of making sure your money does good, in all senses of the word.