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Fitch Publishes U.S. Healthcare Stats Report for 2Q'12

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Link to Fitch Ratings' Report: U.S. Healthcare Stats Quarterly -- Second-Quarter 2012

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=689742

Fitch Ratings has published its 'U.S. Healthcare Stats Quarterly' report for the second quarter of 2012.

The report provides a summary of the operating performance and credit metrics of the companies in this sector over the past four years. It includes company-specific key credit strengths and concerns and a summary of the companies' liquidity positions, including debt maturities, as of the end of the second quarter of 2012. Aggregated credit trends and uses of cash are depicted in more than 50 charts, and a summary of Fitch's latest ratings changes are also included.

The report is available on the Fitch web site at 'www.fitchratings.com.'

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Navigating the Drug Channel

--'The ABCs (and Ds) of Drug Pricing' (July 25,2012);

--'Retail Pharmacies: The Last Link' (May 11, 2012).

Pharmaceuticals

--'Global Pharmaceutical R&D Pipeline: First Quarter 2012' (July 25, 2012);

--'Global Pharmaceuticals R&D Pipeline: Fourth Quarter 2011' (May 4, 2011).

For-Profit Hospitals

--'U.S. Leveraged Finance Spotlight Series Community Health Systems, Inc.' (Oct. 1, 2012);

--'Hospitals Credit Diagnosis: Second Quarter 2012' (Sept. 18, 2012);

--'For-Profit Hospital Insights: Fitch's Annual Review of Bad Debt Accounting Policies and Practices' (June 21, 2012);

--'For-Profit Hospital Quarterly Diagnosis: First-Quarter 2012' (June 5, 2012).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Navigating the Drug Channel -- The ABCs (and Ds) of Drug Pricing

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=685135

Navigating the Drug Channel -- Retail Pharmacies: The Last Link

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=678756

Global Pharmaceutical R&D Pipeline: First-Quarter 2012

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=683176

U.S. Leveraged Finance Spotlight Series Community Health Systems, Inc.

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=687271

Hospitals Credit Diagnosis: Operating Trends Remain Weak but Solid Liquidity Supports Credit Profiles

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=688491

For-Profit Hospital Insights: Fitch's Annual Review of Bad Debt Accounting Policies and Practices

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=681330

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