Coming on the heels of a record year, the health care sector will remain stable but vulnerable in 2008. Capital needs remain high, investment returns are steady, and reimbursement rates are still adequate, analysts and market sources say.

However, some add that the sector’s credit quality has reached its peak, and that a return to historical trends is probable, led by a number of factors beginning to undercut some of the sector’s more vulnerable issuers. Adding to concerns, a shifting landscape in the overall market could mean tougher decisions for issuers looking to access the capital markets.

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