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Healthcare-related real estate was one segment of the industry least affected by the recession. But what does the future hold for this asset class? One thing is certain—changes are coming. These changes will result in increased demand for some, decreases in others.

A variety of factors may work to decrease the demand for traditional healthcare-related real estate. New procedures in medicine may reduce the need for in-hospital treatments or reduce recovery periods. Private and governmental payers of healthcare services are demanding reductions in costs, including shorter hospital stays. Increased use of mandated technology as well as “telehealth” and digital health coaching will allow healthcare providers to deal directly with patients outside of traditional office settings.

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