10 Health Care Stocks Warren Buffett Owns That Offer Safety and Dependable Dividends


A whopping 45% of fund managers recently surveyed have bought shares of this company. UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) operates through four the following four segments.

Its UnitedHealthcare segment offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services for national employers, public sector employers, midsized employers, small businesses and individuals; health and well-being services to individuals age 50 and older, addressing their needs for preventive and acute health care services, as well as services dealing with chronic disease and other specialized issues for older individuals; and Medicaid plans, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and health care programs; and health and dental benefits.

The OptumHealth segment provides access to networks of care provider specialists, health management services, care delivery, consumer engagement and financial services. This segment serves individuals through programs offered by employers, payers, government entities and directly with the care delivery systems.

The OptumInsight segment offers software and information products, advisory consulting arrangements, and services outsourcing contracts to hospital systems, physicians, health plans, governments, life sciences companies and other organizations.

OptumRx is the segment that provides pharmacy care services and programs, including retail network contracting, home delivery, specialty and compounding pharmacy, and purchasing and clinical. It also develops programs in areas such as step therapy, formulary management, drug adherence and disease/drug therapy management.

Shareholders are paid a 1.21% dividend. UnitedHealth stock has a 52-week trading range of $320.35 to $509.23 and a consensus target of $528.89. The stock was last seen Friday at $478.13.

Given Warren Buffet’s proclivity for only owning the stock of companies that he understands inside and out, these all make sense now for growth and income investors worried about the potential for a steep market decline. While they could sell off in a large correction, they will hold up far better than most. In addition, the sector has dramatically lagged other sectors over the past year and offers much better overall value when we could be at a crossroads after a huge run in all the major indexes over the past two years.

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