One specialized form of real estate investment trust that has become quite popular with investors is the healthcare REIT. These trusts, such as Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE:OHI) and Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW), buy or construct buildings which are then leased to companies that provide healthcare services. These companies include hospitals, private physicians, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. There are two primary reasons why these healthcare REITs have become popular: the high projected growth of the healthcare industry due, at least in part, to the aging of the U.S. population, and the comparatively high dividend yields that the REIT structure provides to investors. However, this form of REIT is not limited to the United States....
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