Barclays analyst: Outpatient centers to give hospitals a run for their money in 2015

A business analyst with one of Britain's largest banking institutions said he expects outpatient centers to continue their upward trend in 2015, Benzinga reports.

Barclays' Joshua Raskin said 2014 experienced one of the biggest moves in healthcare "since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965," because last year, more and more sick patients headed to outpatient facilities instead of hospitals.

Mr. Raskin said he expects that trend to keep accelerating, in light of more healthcare reform.

As far as investments in the healthcare industry go, Raskin said he prefers surgery center operators because they are "further along in developing an outpatient strategy that can retain potential out-migration from their acute care facilities."

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