Fortune recently released its 65th annual ranked list of the 500 companies that generated the most revenue in the previous fiscal year, and five health care systems—as well as dozens of other companies in the health care industry—earned a spot.
Fortune compiles the list based on the total revenues of for-profit companies for their 2018 fiscal years. To be eligible for the list, companies must have filed financial documents with a state or federal agency.
This year's Fortune 500 companies have a record-total of $13.7 trillion in revenues, equivalent to more than two-thirds of the U.S. gross domestic product. Nearly half of that revenue belonged to the top 50 companies on the list.
Fortune sorted companies on the list based on their sector. Within the health care sector, Fortune, sorted companies based on different health care industries, including medical facility, insurance/managed care, and pharmaceutical.
Many health systems are organized as nonprofits, which are not eligible for inclusion on the Fortune 500.
The five health care providers on this year's top 500 list are:
The top 500 list also includes eight health insurance companies:
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Twelve pharmaceutical companies made the top 500 list:
Walmart, which has been expanding into the health care field, once again topped the overall Fortune 500 list.
Other health care-related companies in the top 500 spots on the list include:
Aaron Mauck, PhD, Senior Director
Although they're not listed as belonging to the health care industry, it's important not to overlook the big tech companies featured prominently in this year's Fortune 500 report. We're increasingly witnessing rising interest in health care from these so-called "disruptors," like the Silicon Valley mainstays Amazon, Apple, and Google. Part of their motivation to enter the field comes from an effort to reduce their own employee health care costs—a motivation shared by virtually every employer in the United States.
At the same time, these companies are looking for ways to branch out from their traditional business lines to find new growth opportunities, and health care appears to be a prime target. Outside disruptors see an opportunity to extract value from today's health care dollar that incumbents within the industry have so far been unable to extract, and to find ways to grow even under conditions of declining reimbursement. How do they plan to do this? In part, through the technologies at their disposal. At least initially, we can expect they'll aim their efforts towards goals like better health care data management, which they anticipate will translate to more efficient utilization and improved outcomes.
For incumbent health care companies, the actions of outside disruptors have several implications:
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